Appointments still available to donate blood

Appointments still available to donate blood

The drive will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, April 10 and 11, in Room 304, Murray-Herrick Campus Center.

Log in at a new Web site,, and enter the St. Thomas ZIP code, 55105.

To give blood for transfusion to another person, you must be healthy, be at least 17 years old or 16 years old if allowed by state law, weigh at least 110 pounds, and not have donated blood in the last eight weeks (56 days). "Healthy" means that you feel well and can perform normal activities. If you have a chronic condition such as diabetes or high blood pressure, "healthy" also means that you are being treated and the condition is under control.

If you're not sure whether you'll be able to give, i.e., out of country travels, call 1 (800) GIVE LIFE or check the eligibility requirements to get answers to specific questions you may have. Eligibility requirements also may vary for some states and blood centers. Final eligibility is determined by medical professionals at the time of donation.

Here are some things to remember before donating:

  • Get a good night's sleep.
  • Have a good breakfast or lunch.
  • Drink extra water and fluids to replace the volume you will donate (avoid tea, coffee or other beverages with caffeine).
  • Eat iron-rich foods – red meat, fish, poultry or liver, beans, iron-fortified cereals, raisins and prunes.
  • Avoid fatty foods, such as hamburgers, fries or ice cream before donating. Tests for infections done on all donated blood can be affected by fatty materials – lipids – that appear in your blood for several hours after eating fatty foods. When this occurs and required testing cannot be performed, the blood may need to be discarded.