November 14th, 2011 from 8am-2pm at the Wisconsin Rapids Campus in rooms L133 and 134
Every 3 seconds someone in our community needs a blood transfusion. It could be a child receiving chemotherapy, a teenager in a car accident, or a mother having complications during labor. Blood is essential for life, and when donated it saves lives.
You can sign up online at www.bcw.edu/mstc or call the Blood Center toll free at 1-888-310-7555. Walk-ins are welcome; however, those with appointments will be allowed to donate first if there is a line. Just mention that you have an appointment to move to the head of the line.
To prepare for donating blood it is recommended that you: get a good night sleep, eat foods rich in iron (beef, chicken, dried fruit, and whole grain breads) for a few days leading up to your donation, drink lots of water, and eat a healthy meal at least one hour before donating.
You will need to plan for about an hour to donate. The four steps of donation are: registration, medical review, donation, and café time. To register you will need a driver’s license, blood donor card, or government issued I.D. You will then be given a questionnaire to fill out which assesses your eligibility to donate. You can visit http://www.bcw.edu/bcw/donating/overview/eligibility/index.htm to see eligibility requirements, as well as http://www.bcw.edu/ucmro/groups/qsd/documents/controlleddocuments/001057.pdf? for a list of medications that would disqualify you.
In the medical review your blood pressure, temperature, and pulse will be taken by a donor specialist. A small drop of blood will be taken from your finger as well to test your iron level. The donor specialist will then discuss the questionnaire with you.
After that you will donate your blood, which takes about 10 minutes. The set up is similar to being hooked up to an IV in the hospital, only your blood is taken out instead of medication put in. You might feel a pinch at first, but the rest doesn’t hurt. You just squeeze a ball every few seconds till the donation is complete.
After donating you head over to the café area. Café time is just as important as any other step. You are provided with something to eat and drink while you rest for a minute. It is important to drink lots of fluids the next 24 hours so your body can replace the fluid you lost during donation, and to not do any heavy lifting.
Thank you for considering donating!