Red Cross Blood Drive




Please make your appointment by calling:
Ruth Berckart @ (843) 650-4764
If no one  answers leave a message, Ruth will return your call.
A pint of blood can help three people. Help save a life...
Please invite a friend or neighbor to join you.


What Happens to Donated Blood?
Step 1: The Donation
Donor registers
Health history and mini physical are completed
About 1 pint of blood and several small test tubes are collected from each donor
The bag, test tubes and the donor record are labeled with an identical bar code label to keep track of the donation
The donation is stored in iced coolers until it is transported to a Red Cross center



Step 2: Processing
Donated blood is scanned into a computer database
Most blood is spun in centrifuges to separate the transfusable components red cells, platelets, and plasma
The primary components like plasma, can be further manufactured into components such as cryoprecipitate
Red cells are then leuko-reduced
Single donor platelets are leukoreduced and bacterially tested.
Test tubes are sent for testing.



Step 3: Testing
Steps 2 and 3 take place in parallel
The test tubes are received in one of three Red Cross National Testing Laboratories
A dozen tests are performed on each unit of donated blood to establish the blood type and test for infectious diseases
Test results are transferred electronically to the manufacturing facility within 24 hours
If a test result is positive, the unit is discarded and the donor is notified.
Test results are confidential and are only shared with the donor, except as may be required by law


Step 4: Storage

When test results are received, units suitable for transfusion are labeled and stored
Red Cells are stored in refrigerators at 6C for up to 42 days
Platelets are stored at room temperature in agitators for up to five days
Plasma and cryo are frozen and stored in freezers for up to one year



Step 5: Distribution

Blood is available to be shipped to hospitals

24 hours a day

7 days a week.



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