This Weekend in Boone County

On Friday August 7th McDonald’s is hosting a community blood drive at 240 W Chrysler Drive. Walk ins are accepted and RRVBC recommends that donors eat and drink well before coming to donate. Do you have questions about the necessity for blood donation? See if they’re answered below.

Does giving blood save lives?

“Each pint of blood donated can save as many as three lives, say experts at UC Irvine’s Blood Donor Center. There are four types of products that can be derived from one blood donation: red cells, platelets, plasma and cryoprecipitate.”[1]

How is the blood used?

“These are used in the treatment of all kinds of anaemia which can’t be medically corrected, such as when rheumatoid arthritis or cancer is involved, when red cells break down in the newborn and for sickle cell disease.

Platelets can be used in bone marrow failure, post transplant and chemotherapy treatments, and leukaemia. Platelets can be of huge benefit to the recipient.

Fresh frozen plasma is used after obstetric loss of blood (which is usually childbirth), during cardiac surgery, and to reverse any anti-coagulant treatment. Processed plasma is also used to help produce stronger antibodies against diseases like tetanus, hepatitis, chickenpox and rabies. It also helps generate anti-D, which is used for RhD negative pregnant women carrying RhD positive babies. Additionally there is a protein called albumin contained in plasma, which is extremely beneficial for burn victims.”[2]

Who uses donated blood?

“Everyone knows blood is literally a lifesaver for those who’ve been in an accident or need it to help survive treatments and operations. But for some, whose illness has no cure and that last battle they face just can’t be won, a blood transfusion can help to improve their quality of life during their final months, weeks or even days.

Karen Clarke, a Community Nurse who gives transfusions to the terminally ill in their own homes, says, “These vital transfusions give patients a better quality of life. It gives them the energy and ability to enjoy this precious, final time with their families.”2

But this time is often a gift that only blood can provide. In some serious accidents, its use can mean that a critically ill patient can stay alive long enough for their loved ones to reach the hospital to see them, one last time.”Blood Drive

Also happening this weekend is the Belvidere Jr. Tackle pancake breakfast at Applebee’s. The breakfast costs $5.00 and runs from 8:00-10:00 am. Belvidere Jr. Tackle helps over 200 local kids stay active in football, cheering, and poms.

[1] “Saving Lives, One Pint at a Time.” UC Irvine School of Medicine. N.p., n.d. Web. 06 Aug. 2015.

[2] “Give Blood – How Blood Is Used.” Give Blood. N.p., n.d. Web. 06 Aug. 2015.

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