Requirements for Donating Blood

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Requirements for Donating Blood

Faith Montgomery, Staff Writer

On November 7th, Mill Creek Student Council is hosting the first blood drive of the school year.  Students have the opportunity to sign up to donate blood during the school day.  In previous years, many students have passed out after giving blood, so in order to avoid fainting, the Red Cross suggests drinking lots of water and increasing iron intake before donating.  According to Livestrong, “Drinking fluids will keep blood volume at normal levels, while iron consumption will counteract the loss of iron that occurs during donation.”  

To be eligible to donate, students under the age of 18 must have a signed permission slip from his or her parents and weigh at least 110 pounds.  However, the weight requirements are different for girls under 5’6,” according to the United Blood Services.  The weight requirements can be seen in the chart below.  

In addition to weight, medications and illnesses can also play a factor to determine donation eligibility.  Students who are taking the prescription Accutane should not donate blood, as stated on the Red Cross website.  Additionally, students with iron deficiencies or experiencing flu-like symptoms should not donate, as the donation could put receivers at risk of further health issues.  Make sure you meet all the requirements before deciding to donate to the November 7th blood drive.  

Height > 4’10” > 4’11” > 5’ > 5’1” > 5’2” > 5’3” > 5’4” > 5’5”
Weight Required (lbs) > 146 > 142 > 138 > 133 > 129 > 124 > 120 > 115

 

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