Demystifying blood donation: Saving lives may be as simple as clearing up common myths
Ore City Community Health Fair, Student Council to host community blood drive
ORE CITY, Texas (August 14, 2019) – If you’ve never donated blood, Carter BloodCare asks that you reconsider. While there are certain reasons donors are deferred from giving, several misconceptions may keep potential blood donors from saving lives.
You are never too old to give. There is no upper age limit for donating blood. Currently, almost half of the blood donors are over age 50. Potential blood donors may begin volunteering at age 16 with parental consent; 17-year-olds may give independently.
If you have tattoos, you can still give blood. Those with tattoos or body piercings that were performed at Texas licensed and registered facilities are welcomed to donate blood without any wait time between the procedure and your donation.
Taking medications may or may not prevent you from giving blood. Many medications are acceptable. But Carter BloodCare says if in doubt, inquire first. Carter BloodCare’s staff answer all kinds of questions about donor eligibility, which can be found on the Carter BloodCare web site.
Ore City Community Health Fair is hosting a blood drive sponsored by the Student Council from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, August 15 at 100 Rebel Drive in the parking lot on the Carter BloodCare bus. For more information or to schedule an appointment time, contact Rita Clawson at (903) 968-3300.
Eat a nutritious meal and drink plenty of water one to two hours before giving blood. Standard eligibility requirements are a minimum weight of 110 pounds, the donor feels well that day and presents a government-issued photo ID at each donation.
Carter BloodCare is an independent, community blood center providing transfusion resources to more than 180 medical facilities in 50-plus counties of north, central and east Texas. The non-profit 501(c)(3) organization is one of the largest blood programs in Texas, delivering more than 300,000 blood products annually to meet hospitals’ requirements for their patients. Services include collection, processing, specialized laboratory testing, storage and distribution of blood and blood products. The program is accredited by the AABB, including a laboratory with accreditation for molecular testing of red cell antigens. It is licensed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and is a member of America’s Blood Centers.