Press Release

HLGU Hosts Blood Drive

Wednesday, April 2, 2014
by Rebecca Sneed

The Hannibal-LaGrange University Nursing Division, along with the American Red Cross, hosted a blood drive on Tuesday, March 18, collecting 48 units of blood, the most HLGU has collected since 2010. Assissting the Red Cross with the blood drive were several Campus Community Connectors and 20 nursing students.

"Donating blood is sharing the gift of life. In the nursing profession, we not only desire to teach life-saving techniques, but we also want to demonstrate ways in which we can accomplish this," said Kathy Gunn, Assistant Director, Division of Nursing and Allied Health. "One way to do this is to become involved in community organizations such as the American Red Cross. The American Red Cross helps millions of individuals each year and we are happy that we can assist those in need."

The Red Cross states that every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood. Many times, the individual units of blood are separated into units of plasma, red blood cells, and white blood cells and platelets, meaning that one donation can save up to three lives. Blood is made of roughly 55% plasma, 45% red blood cells, and less than 1% white blood cells and platelets.

According to the Red Cross, after blood is donated, testubes of samples are labeled and sent to one of five Red Cross national testing laboratories to determine if the blood is diseased. The results are transferred electronically to the manufacturaing facility within 24 hours. If a test result comes up positive, the unit is discarded and the donor is notified. All results are confidential.

After a facility receives the test results, the blood can be stored for use. To keep them from solidifying, platelets are stored at room temperature in agitators for up to five days. Red blood cells can be refrigerated for up to 42 days, and plasma can be frozen and stored for up to a year.

The Red Cross website states that the American Red Cross works with more than 50,000 blood drive sponsors each year to hold more than 200,000 blood drives, providing convenient locations for people to give blood.

Contact Information

Carolyn Carpenter
Director of Public Relations