United Blood Services phlebotomy technician Blanca Huaracha (left in photo at left) prepares to draw blood from 18-year-old Arizona Western College freshman Jaxiel Portillo during Monday’s AWC/NAU Science Club sponsored blood drive on the AWC main campus inside the Schoening Conference Center. Joann Chang, AWC Professor of Biology, said, “The members of the AWC/NAU Science Club are very thankful to the people of the Yuma area for their support of AWC and its students. Hosting a blood drive the week before the Thanksgiving holiday is a great way for us to express our thankfulness.” Arizona has struggled to keep up with the patient demand,” according to a United Blood Services press release. “This drive is important to build our blood supply reserves prior to the holiday.” Today, United Blood Services community blood centers across the country provide blood, blood components and special services for patients in more than 500 hospitals in 18 states, according to unitedbloodservices.org. More than 25 million people in communities throughout these states depend on United Blood Services’ generous volunteer blood donors.
After donating blood, a donor raises her arm, holds a gauze over the insertion point, and stretches her fingers.
A United Blood Services technician inserts a needle into a blood donor’s arm. A donor continually squeezes a tube while blood flows from her arm into a bag below (right).
The end result is a unit of blood.