Blood donors sought
If you've ever considered giving blood, it doesn't get much more convenient than it will be this week.
The Coastal Bend Blood Center mobile unit will be in Port Aransas on Wednesday, March 25, at the Family Center IGA parking lot, 418 S. Alister St., from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Donors must be in general good health, 17 years of age or older, weigh at least 110 pounds, have at least 12.5 gm/dl of hemoglobin, not have donated whole blood in the last eight weeks, or double red blood cells in the last 16 weeks, have normal pulse, temperature and blood pressure or medically-controlled blood pressure, not have a cold or sore throat, nor be pregnant or under a doctor's care for any serious illness or injury, and not taking antibiotics for an active infection.
Some people who have diabetes controlled by medication, are taking common anti-depressants or birth control pills, or who have had a tattoo or piercing at a state-licensed facility still may be eligible to donate.
Requirements include providing name, address and a photo ID (such as a driver's license) and answering questions about health, medical history, current medications and recent surgeries. These questions ensure donors are healthy enough to give blood and that blood will be safe to give to patients who need it. The actual blood draw takes less than 10 minutes.
For more information, visit www. coastalbendbloodcenter.org.