Pierz Legion Auxiliary to host bloodmobile

By Lorae Vardas

Pierz American Legion Auxiliary Unit 341 is hosting its annual blood drive for the American Red Cross on Monday, April 11 from 1 p.m. to 7 p. m. at Pierz Healy High School. Appointment notices have been sent out to previous donors, however, new donors are more than welcome to register by calling 468-6342. Walk ins are also invited to stop by after 2 p.m.

To give blood, one must be at least 17 years of age, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in generally good health. Blood can be given every 56 days. The entire process takes about an hour.

Upon arriving at the bloodmobile site, a volunteer asks the donor to fill out a blood donation form. The person’s health history is briefly reviewed based on the answers. A nurse then takes the donor’s temperature, blood pressure, pulse and small sample of blood for testing.

Next, the donor is escorted to a cot where the blood is drawn by Red Cross nursing staff. It takes about 10-15 minutes to draw a pint of blood. The average person has about 10-12 pints of blood. Before resuming one’s normal routine, volunteers offer juices and a variety of snacks as the donor relaxes.

A single donation can help three different persons because whole blood is rarely transfused in its entirety. Instead, patients are best served by receiving only the component they need. Components include red blood cells, plasma and platelets. For example, red cells often go to someone having a knee replacement. Platelets are used for patients having liver transplants and plasma can benefit burn victims.

After the blood has been divided into its components, properly typed and labeled, and passed all the tests, it is placed in large coolers at North Central Blood Services in St. Paul. North Central Services keeps 140 hospitals in Minnesota, Western Wisconsin, Northern Iowa and parts of North and South Dakota supplied with blood.

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