Give us your blood

Student Nursing Association hosts blood drive
By Nusaiba Imady, Managing Editor

According to the American Red Cross, every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood. This means that in the time it takes to read this article, an average of 90 people will need a blood transfusion. On Wednesday, April 16, the Student Nursing Association (SNA) hosted a blood drive in collaboration with the American Red Cross.

“We usually host two blood drives; one in the fall and one in the spring. In the spring, it’s harder because more people get sick from the cold,” Justine De Jesus, SNA member and blood drive organizer, said.

Blood drives at St. Kate’s tend to be successful, according to De Jesus. Last semester’s blood drive surpassed the expected donation amount, as 62 pints were collected, easily exceeding the expected 40 pints. The SNA allows students to make an appointment to donate, however most students tend to walk-in.

“We don’t get a lot of appointments; most of our donations come from walk-ins,” said De Jesus.
The blood donating process takes about 40 minutes in general, including recovery time, which is why the SNA advises student to make an appointment. The process starts off with a couple of tests, including temperature, blood pressure and pulse examinations, as well as a mini health history questionnaire to make sure a donor is physically able to go through the donation process.

After being checked out, donors walk over to a raised chair and are handed a small ball. The ball is meant to be turned in your hand while giving blood in order to keep the blood flowing, and it also acts as a way of relaxing nervous donor’s tensions. In total, the average donor takes around 10 minutes to fill the pint of blood needed. After the blood draw is complete, donors are meant to slowly walk to the recovery area, where juice and cookies are served. Donors should take all the time they need to recover, as the process of donating can lead to light headedness if they move too fast after.

Consistent donations are another important part of the donating process.

“People tend to jump and donate when catastrophes happens, like the Boston Bombings,” Sarah Molland ‘16 said. “What they don’t realize is that blood needs to be processed, so, unless they are clairvoyant, the only way to really help is to be regularly donating within safe intervals.”

The American Red Cross estimates that 38 percent of the U.S. population is eligible to donate; however, less than 10 percent actually do each year.

“It makes you feel good when you donate,” Bridget Geraghty ‘16 said. “It’s a good deed that everyone can afford. It can also be fun to find out what blood type you are. If you have a rare blood type, like AB negative, giving blood is imperative.”

The SNA will host its next blood drive in the fall of 2014. However, those wanting to donate can go to the Memorial Blood Center or the Red Cross to donate outside of St. Kate’s.

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