South Broward Blood Drive
When it comes to helping people out, South Broward High School is ready to take a needle in the right direction. Last month about 50 students participated in the Annual Blood Drive hosted by OneBlood.
“I’m helping people help save lives.” Sean Karl, a nurse for the OneBlood drive, said. The consensus among other nurses is donating for a blood drive is an amazing phenomenon especially when it’s young people that is making the difference. As Mr. Homme said, students donating blood is dynamic.
OneBlood is a non-profit organization which provides safe and affordable blood to more than 200 hospitals among Florida, Georgia, Alabama and South Carolina. On OneBlood’s website, there is a locator to provide a list of local donation sites closest to you. Every unit of blood undergoes more than a dozen tests to ensure it is safe for transfusion.
Approximately 5 million Americans every year require a blood transfusion for a plethora of reasons such as a severe infection or liver disease which requires a plasma transfusion; an illness such as kidney disease or cancer that causes anemia which requires a red blood cell transfusion; or bleeding disorders such as hemophilia or thrombocytopenia which requires platelets and clotting factor transfusion.
The type of blood most often requested by hospitals is O-negative. Type O-negative blood is also known as the universal donor because any person can receive a blood transfusion with O-negative blood. Its counterpart, the universal recipient of blood, is AB-positive type blood. AB-positive blood can receive blood from any blood type.
The next blood drive will occur in November and David Gonzales, a OneBlood supervisor, is eager to see more young faces getting ready to change the world.