The Siouxland Community Blood Bank will introduce new blood collection technology in Alta at the community blood drive on June 13.
The blood drive will be held at the community center. The new technology called "Double Red Cell Collection Systems" is an automated process that allows the blood bank to double the amount of red blood cells that can be collected from a donor.
This new technology allows the blood bank to collect a donor's red blood cells while returning the remaining components of the blood back to the donor. This automated procedure is similar to an ahperesis process but only takes 20 minutes longer than the traditional whole blood donation. According to Janette Twait, blood bank executive director, "The blood bank is dedicated to providing a safe and adequate blood supply to our twenty-five partnership hospitals and the many communities they serve. By acquiring this new technology, we demonstrate our own commitment to the volunteer blood donors and the healthcare providers in our region."
The new double red cell collection process will not replace the traditional whole blood donation procedure, but will give the blood bank an enhanced service. The new technology will benefit both the donor and healthcare providers. Double red cell donors are only eligible to give blood every 112 days rather than every 56 days which benefits those blood donors with busy schedules. In addition, the process doubles the collection of critical blood types used in medical care facilities.
To be an eligible double red cell donor you must meet the following criteria: be at least 17 years old, be in good general health, females must weigh at least 110 pounds and be 5'5" or taller, males must weigh at least 130 pounds and be 5'1" or taller, donors must meet a higher hemoglobin standard.
For more information, you must contact the Siouxland Community Blood Bank at 712-252-4208 or 1-800-798-4208.