TI_blooddriveTreasure Island Job Corps Center hosted a blood drive with the aid of Certified Medical Assistant students. One of these students, Blanca Cruz Torres, was excited to talk about the experience.

“There are many details behind a Blood Drive which are not seen by the donors, but faced by patients with life-threatening diseases and medical professionals. Last week I encountered a student who was very enthusiastic about donating during the blood drive, but when we checked him in the computer, it said he was not eligible to donate that day. This was because he donated a double
red cell last time, and so he had to wait 112 days to be eligible to donate again. He was sad, then showed us a message on his phone that said his double red cell that had been donated was used. The message read “Your blood donation has been sent to help a patient needing a transfusion. Thank you for transforming lives!” This person was so happy that he was able to save a life
with his blood.

This is the type of satisfying news that makes the public want to donate. This is my second time working to get sign ups for the Blood Drive with my classmates. Many people were more
excited to donate double reds than whole blood. When donating Whole blood you are giving your blood as itself. Nothing is done to it and nothing is added, nothing is taken out. With double reds, your blood is put in a machine that spins your blood therefore separating the components in your blood called plasma and serum. The plasma is given back to the donor. Serum is what is donated, it is the formed elements in the blood your Erythrocytes, Thrombocytes, and Leukocytes. Your red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets all have a vital part in helping to fight diseases and help the healing process.

In the end, it was great: Our was Goal 42 units and we got 50 units for the blood drive!”