Chicon 2000

Blood Drive

Rev. 15-Aug-2000
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Mike Sheffield,

Calling All Fanpires!

The Chicon blood drive will take place on Friday 01-Sep-2000 from noon until 6 p.m. in the Wrigley Room of the Hyatt.

Whether you are a first timer or have given so many times you've had a spigot surgically grafted to your arm, we hope you will make time in your day to come by and give. You could be saving a life.

The folks from Europacon are planning to host a thank you party especially for all of our blood donors on Saturday the 2nd.

We will have a sign up sheet available starting on Thursday the 31st.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at:

Snail mail:
Mike Sheffield
4572 Keever Ave.
Long Beach, CA 90807-1819

Thank you in advance for your support, and we'll see you at the Con.

The following is a list of eligibility requirements for donating blood.

Who is eligible to give blood?

To give blood, you must be healthy, at least 17 years old, and weigh at least 110 pounds. Persons who are older than 65 and in good health may usually donate with the approval of the blood bank physician.

Is it safe to give blood?

Yes, it is very safe. Each needle used in the procedure is sterile and is disposed of after a single use.

How often can I donate blood?

People in good health who weigh at least 110 pounds can donate a unit of blood as often as every eight weeks. Some states may further limit the number and/or frequency of donations in a 12-month period.

Basic Eligibility Requirements

Most healthy adults can give blood through the American Red Cross.

You meet the basic eligibility requirements if you:

You Must Not Donate Blood If You Have:

You CANNOT donate with the following conditions or medications

You CAN donate with the following conditions or medications:

You CAN donate if you have taken the following medications:

Getting Ready

There are several things you can do to assure a good donation experience. You'll want a good night's sleep the night before donation. Have a good breakfast or lunch with plenty of liquids like milk, juice or soda ahead of time. After your donation, you can go about your normal daily activities, avoiding any heavy lifting or strenuous exercise.

Giving Blood Step by Step

Giving blood takes four steps.
  1. Medical history
  2. Quick mini-physical (temperature, blood pressure, pulse, iron level)
  3. Blood donation (less than 10 minutes)
  4. Snacks

Confidential Health History

To begin, you complete a confidential form with your name, address and general information about your health history.

Important Checks

A Red Cross staff person will take a drop of blood from your ear to measure the amount of iron in your blood, and will check your blood pressure, pulse and temperature.

Blood Donation

Blood is then collected using a sterile, single use needle for each donor. As your donation begins, you will feel a slight pinch. In about 10 minutes, you will have completed your blood donation. Slightly less than a pint of blood is taken (most adults have 10 to 12 pints of blood).

Beverages and Snacks

Next, you will be asked to relax while you enjoy beverages and snacks. This will help your body adjust to the slight decrease in fluid volume. Your body replaces that fluid within 24 hours. You can then leave, knowing that you just may have helped save several lives by donating blood.

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