Healthwise: Holiday Blood Donors Needed

By: Stephanie Satchell Email
By: Stephanie Satchell Email

November 24, 2010

Whether you're a hospital employee or a visitor, Martha Jefferson Hospital and Virginia Blood Services want to see you at their mobile blood drive. Officials say donors are in higher demand during the holiday season.

“Right now is the toughest time of the year to collect blood. It's the holidays, people are busy preparing for family and out shopping and getting things ready. Donation really isn't on top of the mind,” said Marley Fausz, of Virginia Blood Services.

Sara Hoffman works in Martha Jefferson's blood center and knows just how important keeping the shelves stocked is to doctors.

“I think working in the blood bank has helped me realize the actual need for it and how, during the holidays, we don't get it as much,” she said.

However, they could get the necessary donations with your help. The process is quick and easy. Potential donors go through screenings and mini-physicals behind closed doors.

“We ask you some questions about your travel and your lifestyle and check your temperature, your blood pressure, hemoglobin and iron,” said Fausz.

A little pinch and you're filling up a pint size bag. After just a few minutes you've managed to help as many as three people who may be counting on you this holiday season.

The Mobile Blood Drive is Friday from 12pm to 4pm outside Martha Jefferson Hospital. Walk-ins are welcome and all donors will be entered into the November iPad raffle.

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