Blood Drive a success but need still critical

Brian Stockman
Staff Writer

You know you should do it. Every couple of months you are driving by and see the signs up for a Blood Donation Drive at the Ridgway Fire Station or Kersey Senior Center, or maybe at the factory you work at. Perhaps you have never donated before or have a fear of needles, or it's just a busy day and you promise yourself you will do it next time, until the next time come around. The American Red Cross has actually shortened the process to about an hour, even less if you have a Donor Card.
The Process you should follow on the day of your Donation:
• Do not skip any meals;
• Drink plenty of water or juice;
• Bring your Photo ID to your donation appointment;
• Wear clothing with loose fitting sleeves;
During Registration and Screening
• You will be asked to complete a Donor History Questionnaire;
• Follow your Donor Specialist’s instructions, feel free to ask them any questions you may have.You will meet with a team member to discuss your form and travel information to determine eligibility.
During Donation
• Show your Donor Specialist any “good veins” that have been used successfully in the past to draw blood.
• Follow your Donor Specialist’s instructions, feel free to ask them any questions you may have.
• The pinch of needle being placed in your vein lasts less then two seconds, though you can feel some discomfort at the site during the donation.
• The actual Donation only takes on average between 8-12 minutes.
• RELAX! You are saving lives!
After Donation
• Sit up and dangle your feet over the side of the bed for a moment before standing;
• Walk over to the refreshment area to enjoy some snacks and hydration to replace the volume you lost during donation.
• Remain at refreshment area for at least fifteen minutes. If you feel light-headed, please the our staff immediately.
• It is suggested you refrain from strenuous physical activity or heavy lifting for a few hours following donation.
All blood types are needed, however there is an optimum type of donation for each individual blood type. Based on the blood products most needed by the Red Cross partner hospitals they currently have a CRITICAL NEED for types A+, A-, O+ and O- . Please go to to find the next or closest Blood Drive.