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Student Council hosts Blood Drive

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Alicia Zindars & Dontrell Whetsell

Alicia Zindars & Dontrell Whetsell

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Summerville High hosted a blood drive Wed, Nov. 29, 2017 located in the library.

To become a donor you must be evaluated to make sure your blood is safe to use. The screening includes testing for diseases that can be passed on through a blood transfusion, including HIV and viral hepatitis.

“Giving blood [to] help save lives is a wonderful way to show kindness,” said previous blood donor Alexandra Dunspaugh, senior.

If you’re interested in donating you will be permitted to answer questions about your medical history and take a short physical exam making sure that your donation won’t be hazardous to your health.

59 pints of blood were donated at Wednesday’s blood drive, saving 177 lives.

“Donating blood is a good way to give back to society by helping those in need… I would donate,” said Dylan Kormaris, senior.

Donating blood can be very helpful for not only a stranger, but for you as well. In patients prone to iron overload, blood donation prevents the accumulation of toxic quantities. Giving blood could reduce the risk of heart disease in men, but the link has not been firmly established. It may be from selection bias because donors are screened for health problems.

Research published in 2012 demonstrated that donating blood repeatedly is effective in lowering blood pressure, blood glucose, HbA1c, low-density lipoprotein/high-density lipoprotein ratio, and heart rate in patients with metabolic syndrome.

There are about five liters of blood in the human body. Blood is made up of several useful components. You may be able to donate whole blood, plasma or platelets. Each type of blood donation is used for different medical treatments, and your blood type determines the best donation for you to make.

“I think it’s a good way to give to those in need,” claimed Dayna Haffenden, junior.

To start donating plasma or platelets you need to have given whole blood in the past two years. For more ways to help others, consider bone marrow or organ donation.

The next Blood Drive is on Jan 23, 2018.

Alicia Zindars & Dontrell Whetsell

Red Cross members at work taking blood

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