Northwest Technical College’s Student Nurses Association partnered with Memorial Blood Centers to hold a blood drive on campus on Sept. 9.
Memorial Blood Centers estimates that 16,000 scheduled blood and platelet donations have gone uncollected in the last month alone, and it characterizes the national shortage as “severe.” According to the American Red Cross, nearly 7,000 units of platelets and 10,000 units of plasma are needed daily in the U.S.
Blood donation typically takes less than 10-12 minutes, and the entire donation process — including check-in and check-out — typically takes about an hour and 15 minutes. Memorial Blood Services allows donors to register in advance online to save time on the day of the donation at http://www.mbc.org/Donate-Blood/Schedule-Blood-Donation. United Blood Services also offers advance online registration at http://www.bloodhero.com.
About Student Nurses Association
The mission of the NTC Student Nurses Association is to excel in nursing education, extend a helping hand through community service and care for others beyond all expectations. Previous activities have included bingo nights in a local nursing home, support and assistance with Special Olympics, and a tour of a medical chopper from the perspective of a flight nurse.