OneBlood to host blood drive and platelet drive May 4 at Venice City Hall – Sarasota Herald-Tribune

OneBlood to host blood drive and platelet drive May 4 at Venice City Hall – Sarasota Herald-Tribune

VENICE – OneBlood will hold a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., May 4, outside Venice City Hall, 401 W. Venice Ave. OneBlood is also seeking platelet donors at the blood drive.
OneBlood staff encourage all city employees and the general public who feel well to come donate blood aboard the Big Red Bus to ensure that it is available for patients who need it. 
It must be 56 days since your last whole blood donation.
Donating blood is safe. COVID-19 does not pose any known risk to blood donors during the donation process or from attending blood drives.
Each donor will receive a free OneBlood hero T-shirt and $20 eGift Card, along with a wellness checkup including blood pressure, temperature, iron count, pulse and cholesterol screening, and a snack.
Platelet donation is a little different than a regular whole blood donation. Platelet donations are done through a process called automation, which allows OneBlood to only collect your platelets, and not your red blood cells or plasma like what would be done for a whole blood donation.
The amount of time it takes to donate platelets depends on a donor’s height, weight, and if they are donating doing a single or double arm procedure. 
Platelets hold a unique power to save lives. Cancer patients are a primary recipient of platelets due to the harsh effects of chemotherapy. 
Platelets are in high demand by area hospitals and must be used within five days of donation.
The turn-around is that fast, the need is constant.
The requirements to donate platelets and whole blood are the same, except platelet donors cannot take aspirin within 48 hours of their donation. Platelets can be donated every seven days.
An ID is required and appointments are strongly encouraged.
Visit oneblood.org/donate-now and use sponsor code 9354.

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