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Blood Drive set for Thursday at FHS

While the are some negatives to donating blood, you shouldn't let those stop you from helping others in need.

A student donates blood at Foothill High School during the 2018 school year. Photo by Edgard Pyavka.

This year’s blood drive at Foothill is Thursday, February 6. You will not get financial benefits from donating blood. On the other hand, donating blood can help with health research and can save someone’s life too.

Looking for reasons to talk yourself out of donating blood? Some of the things that can happen are bruising and tenderness at the needle injection site. Lightheadedness, nausea, fatigue, allergic reactions, and fainting are other potential negatives. These reactions frequently happen in younger donors. Also, you may not get notified about any research that is done or if it is later used for a transfusion in a patient. Your blood can get used for better understanding health issues for the future of new treatments. You may not get informed based off of the purpose or details that you may or may have not signed too. (More information on that later.)

The process for donating blood, once the patient has the sterile needle in his/her vein, will take about ten minutes. Once the patient’s blood has been collected, it will be tested, for ABO blood type, unexpected antibodies, hepatitis B & C, HIV-1, HIV-2, HTLV (a leukemia virus), syphilis, Zika and West Nile viruses. If your blood tests positive for any of these conditions, then your blood will not be given to a patient. If the donated blood can be given to a patient, it will be separated into components like red blood cells, plasma, and platelets. Then the blood is prepared for patient use.

Blood donation FAQ:

Can you contract any diseases when you go to donate blood? When donating blood you cannot contract any infectious diseases. All the equipment used in the donation process is sterile and only used once.

Will I get any tips on what to do when I donate blood? Before you donate you will get important information to help prevent/minimize any infections.

How old do I have to be to give blood? To be able to give blood this school year you have to be 16 or older. If you are 16 you have to have a signed consent form by your parents. If you are 17 and older then you do not have to have a signed consent form. Since we are in California, by state law, you have to stay where you donated blood after you donated for 15 minutes.

Do I have to sign anything when I go to donate blood? Yes, when you go to donate they will have you read over and sign a statement acknowledging that you read it and understand the information that as provided for you. When you go to donate blood you will need to bring the signed consent paper if you are 16, and bring you school ID too.

What do I have to do before I donate blood? Before you donate blood you will want to drink 8-10 oz. of water 10-30 minutes before your donation. Another thing you will want to know before donating is to eat a good meal.

With all this information you can decide if you want to donate you blood or not.



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