Giving blood: What to know ahead of upcoming drive

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Students can find information about giving blood on the Red Cross website.

Students can find information about giving blood on the Red Cross website.

Atley Weems

Atley Weems

Students can find information about giving blood on the Red Cross website.

Atley Weems, A&E Editor

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Needles and medical bags a-blazing, the spring blood drive is on the horizon of the coming March 13. While there’s little preplanned from leadership, they are aware of their coming responsibilities. For now, people can only know what they can prepare for in order to donate blood to the Red Cross blood foundation system.

There are many misconceptions of the blood drive, and what you can and cannot do. A common myth is said that they don’t take the blood of smokers or people overweight, and they can’t accept it under medical reasons. Yet, they only put people through physicals focusing specifically on diseases that can be passed through the blood, so things such as obesity are outrageous to be thought of as contagious.

Instead they focus on where you have been in recent travels, in case you have contracted something accidently.

“I don’t think that I can donate blood because I have been to Europe,” sophomore April Wilday said.

Wilday remembers other instances of the blood drive not working out for her family members such as her sister, who couldn’t donate blood because of her travels as well. Another thing they look at precluding to personal life is sexual experiences and diseases that could very well be spread unknowingly in the donation process. Otherwise, the only concern is the age limit of 16 and having certain weights according to height.

Until more information and registration forms can be given, there are three simple things to keep in mind before going to donate blood. Firstly, stay hydrated or else you could be faint from the loss of blood. Secondly wear something comfortable. Lastly, remember to maintain a healthy level of iron in your diet so that the blood is worth its while to whoever is receiving it.

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