Drink Lots of Water, Roll Up Your Sleeve and Get Ready to Donate Blood on July 11
LifeStream, San Bernardino County’s blood bank, returns to Yucaipa on Wednesday, July 11 for the next blood drive and marrow screening. The event is hosted by the city of Yucaipa and the Yucaipa Rotary Club. Donation hours for the blood drive are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
According to March 2018 information from UpToDate, an evidence-based, physician-authored clinical decision support resource, donated blood is laboratory tested blood prior to transfusion to ensure that recipients receive the safest possible blood products. As of late 2016, such testing consists of determining the ABO blood group and Rh blood type of the donated unit, testing for red cell antibodies, and performing infectious disease screening for the following agents: human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-1, HIV-2, human T-lymphotropic virus (HTLV)-I, HTLV-II, hepatitis C virus, hepatitis B virus, West Nile virus, Treponema pallidum (syphilis), Trypanosoma cruzi (Chagas disease, only required to be performed on the first donation by a particular donor), and Zika virus. All infectious disease screening assays must be negative in order to release the blood unit or its components to hospitals for transfusion.
The Yucaipa blood drive will be held in City Hall’s Community Meeting Room at 34272 Yucaipa Blvd. Whereas walk-in donors are always welcome, first priority is reserved for those donors with appointments. Appointments can be arranged by calling Life Stream at 800-879-4484.
Prior to donating blood, persons should drive plenty of fluids; donors should also bring photo identification with them. Donors must be at least 15 years-of-age, in good health and weigh at least 110 pounds. Donors between the ages of 15 and 17 are required to bring a signed LifeStream parental form. The form is available at: https://www.lstream.org/wp-content/uploads/Young-Donor-Consent-Form.pdf.