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2016-17 Blood Drives

We partner with the American Red Cross for the blood drives. The upcoming blood drive will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017 in the Michels Commons Ballroom. 

If you donated at our last drive, you will be eligible to donate again – and we would really appreciate your support!

Registration
Online registration can be found on the Red Cross donation web page. You can also register by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). If you have any questions, please contact Health and Wellness Services.

Blood Drive Statistics for December, 2016
The majority of the donors had to wait less than 20 minutes.

  • Goal:  68 units
  • Total of presenting donors:  70
  • Total collected: 55 units
  • Whole blood:  47
  • Double:  8
  • Deferrals:  18
  • 0 could not finish
  • Donors consisted of: 70.8% students, 4.2% faculty, 8.3% staff, and 16.7% community members
  • Volunteer groups: ADMAR, Biology Club, Circle K, SNC Times, Kappa Beta Gamma, BUD, Math Club, Phi Delta Theta, and Psychology Club 


Iron Levels
Make sure you watch your iron levels prior to giving blood! One common reason that donors are turned away from donating blood is low iron levels. Iron levels fluctuate daily and are affected by what you eat. If you have low iron, you can consume any of the following to increase the iron levels in your blood:

  • 4 mg per serving: Cream of wheat, prune juice and fortified cereals.
  • 1.5-4 mg per serving: Malt-O-Meal, all bran, almonds, dried peaches or apricots, red meat, turkey, venison, peanuts and wheat germ.
  • .5-1.5 mg per serving: Enriched bread, enriched rice, noodles, pasta, chicken, dried dates or raisins, tuna, eggs, greens (kale, mustard), peanut butter, tomato juice, spinach and strawberries. 
If you have high iron, you can consume any of the following sources of iron to help absorb the iron in your blood and decrease your levels: orange juice, oranges, cantaloupe, peppers, kiwi, potatoes, cabbage, broccoli, grapefruit, strawberries, watermelon and tomatoes/tomato juice.

How Often Can One Give Blood?
Regulations in the United States allow people to donate whole blood once every 56 days. The waiting period between donations can be different for other blood components. For example, donating only platelets in a process called apheresis requires only a 3-day wait before a person can give again. Donating two units of red blood cells through a similar process doubles the waiting period to 112 days. 

Looking to Volunteer?
If you’re interested in volunteering to help with the blood drive, please contact the blood drive coordinator at Health and Wellness Services at health@snc.edu.

For more information, please visit the websites of the American Red Cross or American Heart Association.