Giv­ing Blood

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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.

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