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February is the month to donate blood and help save lives. On February 25, Hillcrest held a blood drive. It was held from 9 Am to 2:30 p.m. in room AT200. Donating blood is a good cause because it can help those in need of a blood transplant or save a life.

In order to donate blood, there are requirements that need to be followed. The requirements are you must be 17 years of age or 16-years-old with a parent consent, must weigh at least 110 pounds, and you have to have good health. You can’t donate blood if you have any blood complications or any diseases, piercings or a tattoos within a year of the blood drive date, and if you are pregnant.

When donating blood, the first thing that happens is the phlebotomist will go over your records. They will also check your temperature, pulse, blood pressure, and hemoglobin levels. After they have checked you, they will clean an area of your arm with rubbing alcohol, then they insert the needle into your arm, which will feel like a small pinch that only hurts for a few seconds. After the needle is inserted, the apreheris machine will pump out the blood into a vial. They will collect a pint of blood. This process will take about 8-10 minutes.

After the pint of blood is put into the vial, your donation has been completed. The phlebotomist will then take the needle out and place a bandage around your arm. They will then give you a light snack and a drink for about 10-15 minutes while the blood continues to circulate throughout the body.

After the 10-15 minutes you then can leave and go back to your everyday life routine.

After all the blood is donated and completed, it is sent to the Red Cross to be tested and stored. It is then distributed to different hospitals around the world for emergencies. The blood is used for blood transfusions, which is when a patient is losing lots of blood, they find the same blood type as that person and it is inserted into their body. People donating blood is a great thing because not only does it help save lives, but its giving back to the community.

To donate blood talk to any HOSA officer to make an appointment.

For more information to find your local blood drive bank, visit them at their website at

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