BLOOD SUPPLIES ARE CRITICALLY LOW!
HELP TO SAVE LIVES IN OUR COMMUNITY
FREE SANDWICHES AND BEVERAGES!!!
Saturday, May 23rd, 2015
United Methodist Church of Mt Kisco
300 Main St.
Mt Kisco, NY 10549
12:00 noon - 5:00 P.M.
(We need volunteers there as early as 10:00 to set up)
All eligible donors, Masonic or not
Get in and out quickly - reserve a time now!
To reserve or with questions, contact
John McAloon at 914-441-3239
ORGAN DONOR SIGN-UP WITH LIVE ON NY (FORMERLY NY ORGAN DONOR NETWORK)
Q. Why should I donate blood?
A. Our area faces a high demand for blood. Close to 2,000 donations are needed each day in the New York/New Jersey community for patients who require a lifesaving blood and/or platelet transfusion. Those in need include: cancer patients, accident, burn, or trauma victims, newborn babies and mothers delivering babies, transplant recipients, surgery patients, chronically transfused patients suffering from sickle cell disease or thalassemia, and many more.
Q. Can I donate blood or platelets?
A. Yes, if you are age 17 (16 with written consent (104.3 KB) from a parent or guardian) to 75* and weigh a minimum of 110 pounds and are in good health. There are some reasons and conditions that may permanently or temporarily defer someone from donor eligibility, but far more people are eligible to donate than actually do.
*People age 76 and older can donate if they meet all donor eligibility requirements and present a physician’s note once each year or are cleared by a NYBC medical doctor.
Q. Do I need ID to donate?
A. Yes. NYBC cannot take your donation without first seeing a form of identification with either your photo or your signature.
Q. How long does the donation take?
A. We suggest you allot 45 minutes to one hour to donate blood. Donating platelets or double red cells can take longer. The blood donation procedure itself takes about 10 to 12 minutes. But it also takes time to fill out the donor registration form, have a donor history/mini-medical exam, and rest and enjoy refreshments following a donation.
Q. What will happen when I donate blood?
A. You will be asked to provide some basic information (name, address, birthdate, etc.) as well as answer a number of health history questions on a registration form. Then we measure your temperature, hemoglobin content, and blood pressure to determine your donor suitability.
Q. How will I feel after I donate?
A. Most people feel fine. It’s important to rest and eat snacks in the recovery area, eat properly before your donation, and drink extra fluids for 48 hours following your donation.
Q. What happens to my blood after it's donated?
A. All donated blood, even donations from repeat donors, is tested for blood type, hepatitis, HIV, syphilis, and other transmissible diseases. Blood may also be separated into various components (such as red cells, platelets, or plasma) so each donation may help several people.
Q. Can I get the HIV virus by donating blood?
A. No. You cannot get any transmissible disease or viruses, including HIV, by donating blood. The materials used for each donation (including the needle) are sterile, disposable, and used only on a single donor.
Q. How often can I donate?
A. You can safely donate your whole blood every 8 weeks, automated red cells every 16 weeks, platelets every 3 days up to 24 times each year, and plasma every 28 days.
Q. Is there anything special I should do before I donate?
A. Eat at your regular meal times and drink plenty of fluids before donating. Donors who only give platelets may not take aspirin, or products containing aspirin, for 72 hours prior to donating.
Q. Are there any travel or prescription medication restrictions that can affect my eligibility to donate?
A. Yes there are several. Please read the restrictions or call 800.688.0900 for the most up-to-date information on your medical eligibility.
Q. Can I donate after receiving a vaccination?
A. It depends on what the vaccination was for, and deferral times will vary. Please read the restrictions or call 800.688.0900 to learn about a specific and/or recent vaccination.
Q. Will donating blood hurt?
A. The needle insertion feels like a little pinch—other than that, most donors feel no discomfort.