Memorial Blood Drive 17 Apr 12

Mayo Clinic Health System in New Prague will once again be hosting a Memorial Blood Centers of Minnesota community blood drive on Wednesday, May 2, from 1 – 6:30 p.m. The drive will be held at Queen’s Court, 311 Columbus Ave N, New Prague, directly across from the Hospital.

Memorial Blood Centers draws blood in our community, tests it in our community and gives it back to our community. This ensures that the needs of area hospitals are met.

Memorial Blood Centers has been collecting and distributing blood for more than 50 years and is a member of America’s Blood Centers. They need at least 400 units of blood each day to meet the needs of area hospitals.

Donors can give blood every 56 days. Eligible donors can also do an Alyx (double red blood cell donation). The Alyx Component Collection System allows you to give two units of red blood cells during a single donation. The Alyx donation experience is much like donating whole blood. Blood is drawn using a needle (a smaller one than that used in a whole blood donation) through a continuous procedure of intermittent draw and fluid return. Continuously, whole blood is drawn and separated into components, while your plasma and saline are replaced. This fluid replacement is to ensure that you have a comfortable experience. To qualify as a donor with the Alyx System, men must be at least 5’ 1” and weigh at least 130 pounds, and women must be at least 5’ 5” and weigh at least 150 pounds. Both must have a hematocrit of at least 40%. You can make an Alyx donation every 16 weeks.

To make an appointment, call the Hospital at 952-758-8190. A light lunch will be provided for donors.

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