2017-05-13 / The Rock

HOSA holds blood drive

By Brittany Farman and Paige Mangum

Health Occupational Students of America (HOSA) held a blood drive on April 25.

According to the American Red Cross (www.redcross.org), “Every two seconds someone in the United States needs blood and approximately 36,000 units of red blood cells are needed daily in the United States. Blood drives are essential because there will be blood on the shelves in case of an emergency.”

Students completed a short health history, provided identification and had their vitals checked prior to giving blood.

Donors must stay hydrated and maintain a healthy level of iron in in order to participate and are required to be at least 17 years old and weigh a minimum of 110 pounds.

Most donation times last eight to ten minutes. Approximately one pint of blood is drawn.

Something sweet to eat and drink is provided to donors after they give to ensure the donor does not go into shock or lose consciousness .

Senior Tyler Yeatts said of the blood donation experience, “Giving blood is a lot better than needing blood.”

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