Monthly Archives: October 2017

Blood Drive Challenge!


This challenge is a competition between PSU and MSU communities to see who can collect more blood over the time period through their blood drives.

This year, the drives ran October-November and although we gave it a valiant effort, Michigan took the win by only 2 units of blood! Great job Michigan State!

Next year we are ready to give it our all and are hopeful to take the win!

Did you know…

If you donate whole blood ,  you must wait up to 56 days until you are eligible again. If you donate Power Red, you must wait up to 112 days until you can donate again.

This allows for your blood to properly replenish themselves!   

Blood 101: Donation Process

Have you ever wondered what happened to your blood after donating?

To make the journey from “arm to arm”,  every unit goes through a series of steps and tests to ensure that it is as safe as can be.

Step 1: The Donation: 1 pint of blood and several small test tubes are                                            collected from each donor

Step 2: Processing: Blood in spun in centrifuges to separate the transfusable                             components – red cells, platelets, and plasma

Step 3: Testing: A dozen tests are preformed on each unit of donated blood –  to                     establish the blood type and test for infectious disease

Step 4: Storage: When test results are received, units suitable for transfusion are                    labeled  and stored

Step 5: Distribution: Blood is available to be shipped to hospitals 24 hours a day,                 7 days a week.