The Vitalant blood drive which was on Jan. 7 was very successful with 54 units of blood given. The refreshments were furnished by the Bank of Baker and Precision Auto. The next blood drive will be in March.
When you give blood, you make an immeasurable impact on others. There is a special kind of donation called apheresis, which gives you the power to maximize your impact by matching your blood type with current patient needs.
Whole blood donation provides a mixture of red blood cells, plasma and platelets. Apheresis donation empowers you to give increased quantities of specific components because the remaining components are separated and returned to you Most apheresis donation collect a smaller blood volume compared with whole blood donation, but make a bigger impact by better meeting a specific patient’s needs.
With this innovative technology, one donor can provide a complete platelet transfusion for a patient that may have required up to ten donors in the past.