Yuba College sponsored a blood drive on March 1 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Two busses full of equipment and nursing staff arrived in front of the theater to collect blood from volunteer students and staff. It took an average of 30 minutes of their time to help several patients in need.
To give blood, a person should expect a 20 to 30-minute registration and medical history interview. They will be asked to give their name, address, date of birth and phone number. They will need to show a photo ID, such as their driver’s license or employee ID card. They will be asked a series of confidential questions to ensure that they are eligible to give blood and that it is safe for the patient who will receive their blood. Lastly, the temperature, blood pressure and blood count are checked.
The blood donation itself takes only five to seven minutes. A phlebotomist will collect about one pint of blood from your arm, after which, you will be asked to replenish your fluids by spending 10 to 15 minutes resting and enjoying complimentary juice and snacks.