FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 25, 2016, 10:00 a.m. CDT
Contact Jason Hogue, Peru State College Marketing and Communications, 402.872.2429
Peru, Nebraska- Peru State College hosted the American Red Cross Bloodmobile on February 9. Students, faculty and staff donated 64 pints including 56 pints of whole blood and 8 pints of double red blood cells.
Peru State’s blood drive came following winter storm Kayla. Several media outlets reported at the time that the Red Cross was in urgent need of blood donors due to weather related injuries and regular donor inability to travel.
Peru State College student Brenna Parry of Schuyler, Nebraska said, “I was so excited to see students supporting the blood drive to help us reach our goal. How wonderful it is to see so many caring people on our campus who made time to give blood and help save lives.”
The Red Cross wrote for the event, “From major surgery or serious injuries like car accidents, to treatments for illnesses such as sickle cell disease or leukemia – someone in the U.S. needs a blood transfusion every two seconds.”
“Not all blood types are compatible with each other, which is why every single donor plays a critical and lifesaving part. You may never meet the person you helped, but they’ll always be grateful for your compassion and kindness. Show some real love this Valentine’s Day.”
A pint of whole blood can save up to three lives when the blood is separated into red cells, platelets, plasma and/or cryoprecipitate. Most pints are process into two or three of these products.
Double red cell donation uses a special machine to allow you to safely donate two units of red blood cells during one donation while returning your plasma and platelets to you in order to keep your blood volume high. Red blood cells are the most frequently used blood component and are needed by almost every type of patient requiring transfusion.
This is the second in a series of press releases regarding Peru State College service activities in February of 2016.