Donors have giving options at annual campus blood drive

Students, faculty, staff, alumni and members of the local community have two donating options at Penn State New Kensington's semi-annual blood drive, to be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesday, April 3, in the campus' Art Gallery.

Donors can choose between the whole blood or apheresis methods. Both methods are safe and both draw approximately a pint of fluid from the donors. The whole-blood method is the typical method where the blood is drawn manually, collected in a pint bag and stored unprocessed. It is later separated into red blood cells and plasma. The apheresis method draws blood from the donor, separates it using a centrifuge or a filter, stores the desired part and returns the rest to the donor. This process is done with a machine specifically designed for this purpose.

The Allegheny Valley Hospital Blood Bank will collect, store and deliver the blood. Donors of all blood types from the campus and the local community are encouraged to help increase the blood supply in the Alle-Kiski Valley.

Last spring's donations totaled 42 units, second highest spring total in campus history. Appointments are not necessary as walk-ins are welcome. A free cholesterol screening is available to each donor.

The blood drive is made possible through the efforts of donors, canteen volunteers and Elaine Zarichnak, the campus nurse.

For information about the blood drive, contact Zarichnak at or 724-334-6066.

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Last Updated March 27, 2013