AHA Blood Drives
Twice yearly, the AHA Student Government sponsors the Memorial Blood Center Blood Mobile. Students and staff signed up for a donation time and we end up donating around 35-45 pints of blood with each drive.
The Spring blood drive is Monday, 14 May.
Below are the guidelines for donating blood. These are taken from Memorial Blood Center website: http://www.mbc.org/Donate-Blood/Donate-Blood-Guidelines
Donating blood is safe and convenient when you are:
- In good health
- 17 years or older—16 with written Parental Consent (PDF)
- Weigh at least 110 pounds*
- Free of antibiotics for 24 hours, unless taken for preventative reasons
- Symptom-free for at least 72 hours following a cold or flu
* There are specific height and weight restrictions for 16-18 year-old
female donors. Call 1-888-GIVE-BLD for details
Infectious disease testing is performed for the safety of the blood supply. Please do not donate blood as a means of screening for any infection or condition.
Prepare for a great donor experience:
- Wait approximately 3 months after making a whole blood donation before donating again.
- Get a solid night’s sleep before donating.
- Eat a full meal within 6 hours prior to your appointment.
- Make iron-rich foods part of your daily diet. Consider taking an over-the-counter iron supplement if you donate two or more times per year.
- Avoid strenuous physical activity or heavy lifting for 24 hours after donating.
- Make sure your system is fully hydrated. Drink 16 ounces or more just prior to donating and plenty of fluids for the remainder of the day.
- After donating, please spend at least 15 minutes in the café area.
There are specific guidelines for those involved in athletics.
They can be found here: http://www.mbc.org/Donate-Blood/Donate-Blood-Guidelines/Athletes_Blood_Donation
Students and parents are encouraged to discuss the feasibility of blood donation prior to the student signing up for a donation time.
Gregg Sawyer/Advisor to the Student Goverment