38. Blood Drive at Civic Center

The local university blood center had a blood today at the Civic Center auditorium. Almost 300 showed up, but about 50 were turned away various medical reasons. Fifty others left because the were moving so slowly. The event concluded at p.m., three hours after the scheduled close. It a long day for everyone—administrators, nurses, and donors. there were plenty of chairs and tables, and people brought their own books, magazines, or newspapers.
first thing the donors had to do, of , was fill out the donor registration and screening . When they finished filling out the form, they until a nurse called them to her desk. average adult body contains 8 to 12 pints blood. Donors can give one pint at a . It takes your body 2 to 4 weeks replace this amount. Most donors filled up the bag within 5 to 10 minutes.
Before leaving, donors received a sheet of instructions including: Do lift any heavy objects for 12 hours. Leave pressure bandage on for 2-3 hours. Do not for at least 30 minutes. Avoid alcohol for rest of the day. Do not do any activity for 24 hours.
"I wish I could and kiss all the volunteers that are here ," said Martha, the blood center donor recruiter. "Many underestimate the importance of what they're doing. They it is no big deal, but it is big deal. Their blood is actually saving lives, other people to live. We cannot thank them for that, nor can the recipients.”