Donors have giving options at annual campus blood drive

Students, faculty, staff, alumni and local residents have two donating options at Penn State New Kensington's biannual Community Blood Drive from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23, in the campus Art Gallery.

Donors can choose between the whole blood or apheresis methods. Both methods are safe and 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 fall's donations totaled 43 units. Since 2006, the campus community and alumni have donated nearly 700 units of blood to the hospital for use in the local area.

The blood drive was made possible through the efforts of donors, canteen volunteers and Elaine Zarichnak, the campus nurse. Appointments are not necessary as walk-ins are welcome. A free cholesterol screening is available to each donor.

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

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Last Updated October 09, 2013