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HOSA hosts annual blood drive

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By The Staff

More than four million Americans will need a blood transfusion this year.

On Sept. 4, Harrison County HOSA hosted the annual Kentucky Blood Center blood drive. Harrison County Beta Club organized and sponsored the event. Approximately 35 units of blood were collected from student and staff volunteers.

Anyone age 16 or older, weighing at least 110 pounds and in good general health can be a blood donor. All potential donors must pass physical and medical history examinations given prior to each donation. Blood may be donated as often as every 56 days. The actual blood collection takes about 10 minutes - the entire blood donation process takes less than an hour.

CKBC conducts more than 1,400 blood drives each year, accounting for 65 percent of the 75,000 pints of blood collected annually. To meet the transfusion needs of our communities, 400 volunteer blood donors are needed each day. More than 1,400 pints of blood are sent out weekly to area hospitals for trauma and burn victims, patients with cancer and leukemia, transplant recipients, patients undergoing surgery, and for seriously ill newborns requiring transfusions. A single donation may  be used by as many as three different people.

Beta Club and HOSA will have their second blood drive in February. The Beta Club advisor is Joann Clapp and the HOSA advisor is Ellie Pribble.