Pellissippi State hosting Medic blood drive to help with urgent need

Pellissippi State Community College regularly hosts blood drives with Medic Regional Blood Center, but the event scheduled for March 27 is special in that there is currently an urgent need for O negative blood.

Medic serves Knox County and 19 surrounding counties in the region, providing blood products to multiple hospitals. The organization must collect 350 pints of blood every day of the workweek, even when needs are not at urgent levels, to meet the demand.

Blood and its components are used for transfusions, as well as in the treatment of cancer patients and those with clotting disorders. One donation can help up to three people.

All donors at the upcoming drive will receive a buy-one-get-one-for-50-percent-off entree coupon for Ruby Tuesday. More important, donors will play an instrumental role in keeping the blood supply at necessary levels to serve community members in the East Tennessee region.

Donors must be at least 17 years of age and weigh at least 110 pounds. They should not have fasted prior to arriving. In fact, Medic suggests that donors eat a meal and drink fluids approximately three hours prior to giving blood. Participants are asked to provide photo identification and a list of all current medications to Medic personnel at the site.

Event hours are 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. The mobile unit will be parked in the F-1 lot at Pellissippi State’s Hardin Valley Campus.

Additional information on the donation process can be found at www.medicblood.org. For more information about Pellissippi State, call (865) 694-6400 or visit www.pstcc.edu.

To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Human Resources and Affirmative Action at (865) 694-6607 or humanresources@pstcc.edu.

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