Reflection By Leah Kendal, 7th grade WHMS Student Ambassador
The West Hills Middle School Blood Drive was sponsored by the West Hills Robotics team, and brought in many blood donations. People need 7% of their body weight (in kilos) of blood. Before getting blood drawn, people should drink lots of water. The phlebotomists ask donors lot of questions about their travel history, sickness history, and get their iron levels checked before they take their blood.
Natasha Kendal (pictured here) has an AB- blood type, one of the rarest blood types in the world. She donates blood as much as she can, so she can help save lives. Rejeѐ C. (also pictured here) has been working for the Red Cross for six months, and was in Phlebotomy Express School before that.
To draw blood, it normally takes 5-15 minutes. During normal blood drives, they take one pint of blood and a five test tubes. First, the phlebotomist cleans the vein he/she is using and the area around it in a two inch by two inch square for exactly thirty seconds. To find the vein, Rejeѐ has Natasha squeeze and roll a tube made of paper towel to move the tendon in her arm. For Natasha, it took seven minutes and seventeen seconds to have her blood drawn.
After you get your blood drawn, drink lots of water and don't do too much vigorous exercise. Take the gauze off in around five hours after you get your blood drawn. You can safely donate 1/10 of your blood, so if you are 18 or older, help save lives by donating yours at a local blood drive.