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Date: December 20, 2017
Contact: Brit Milazzo

CPI Hosts Blood Drive

A blood drive was held throughout the school day Wednesday, Dec. 20 at Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science and Technology. It was sponsored by Lifesource PA with help from CPI students.

Students from the Emergency Services and Medical Science programs said they were on hand to facilitate with event responsibilities, and are trained to help in these instances.

“From the nursing perspective, it’s a chance to get real world perspective in a small capacity on what to expect,” said Medical Science student Emma Lachat, of the Penns Valley Area School District. “We’re here to help and are all trained in doing so.”

For Emergency Services student Denae Taylor, of the Bellefonte Area School District, helping with Wednesday’s event allowed her to get experience in a real situation, and give blood.

“Personally, I’m here because I’ve always given blood any chance I could, whether at my home school or CPI,” she said. “I thought it would be really fun being able to work and help and donate. I think giving blood is the best thing in the world. I think everyone who can, should do it. People need blood so if I can be here to help encourage people, than that’s a positive thing.”

To be eligible to donate blood, an individual must weigh at least 110 pounds, cannot have gotten a tattoo within the past year, and must have healthy iron readings. Upon arrival, all perspective donors go through a screening to make sure they’re eligible.

In most cases, eligible individuals donate one pint of blood. In some cases, donors contribute two pints as part of the Double Red donation, and are given back plasma through fluids.

The best tips students have for donors is to drink a lot of water, eat beforehand and relax.

CPI, 540 North Harrison Road, Pleasant Gap, PA 16823 - Telephone: 814-359-2793 1-877-968-7388    (Disclosures)