Several Red Cross blood drives scheduled for November
Monday, November 7, 2011 - 4:56 pm

The American Red Cross of Northern New York has scheduled several blood drives for November.

They ask people to bring their blood donor cards if they have them, or another form of ID.

• Tuesday, Nov. 8, 10:30 a.m. to 3: 30 p.m., SUNY Potsdam Student Union, Barrington Drive

• Thursday, Nov. 10, 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Clarkson University 115 Cheel Campus Center, Potsdam

• Tuesday, Nov. 15, 12:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Potsdam Presbyterian Church, 42 Elm St., Potsdam

• Wednesday, Nov. 23, 12:30 to 5:30 p.m., St. Lawrence Center Mall, 6100 St. Rt. 37, Massena

• Wednesday, Nov. 23, 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Claxton Hepburn Medical Center, 214 King St., Ogdensburg

• Tuesday, Nov. 29, 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Ogdensburg Knights of Columbus, 721 Hasbrouck.

More information on the importance of blood donations is at www.redcrossblood.org, or at (800)-RED CROSS (733-2767).

The Red Cross notes that there are four types of blood donations:

• Blood or (Whole Blood): This donation is the most common type. Approximately one pint of whole blood is given. The blood is separated into transfusable components which are Red Cells, Plasma, Platelets, and Cryoprecipitated ANF (cooling a solution such as blood plasma).

• Platelet Apheresis: This type of donation is collected by using a machine called an apheresis, which collects platelets and some plasma, then returns the red cells and most of the plasma back to the donor.

• Plasma Apheresis: Blood is collected by a machine “apheresis” which separates the plasma, red cells and platelets and returns the red cells and platelets back to the donor.

• Double Red Cell: This donation is also collected by using an apheresis machine. The red blood cells are collected, but returns most of the plasma and platelets to the donor. Red Blood Cells are the most transfused blood component.