By AMY RICKER
Great Bend Post
Barton Community College will be holding a blood-drive in the Barton Technical Building on Friday, Oct. 30.
To reduce the amount of time a donor spends at their appointment, they are encouraged to use the “RapidPass” system the day of their donation. This system allows donors to fill out forms online ahead of time and typically reduces the time spent at the donation site by 15 minutes. Walk-ins will still be accepted.
Barton Campus Nurse Kathy Brock says donors are recommended to prepare to give blood the day before their appointment.
“They need to start drinking fluids 24 hours ahead of time because the more hydrated you are, the easier it’s going to be for the blood to be given. You won’t have all the side-effects like light-headedness afterwards. Throw in a couple of bottles of Gatorade and eat a good meal prior to giving blood because if you have something on your stomach, it makes it better too.”
According to the Red Cross, the United States needs an average of 36,000 units of red blood cells on a daily basis.
The Barton Blood Drive will be held on Oct 30 from 9am to 2:30pm in the Technical Building in room T-186. To sign up for the RapidPass system, visit redcrossblood.org/rapidpass. Masks are required and social distancing guidelines will be followed.