Norwalk Hospital to host Red Cross blood drive – Connecticut News

Norwalk Hospital to host Red Cross blood drive – Connecticut News


NORWALK — Norwalk Hospital will host a Red Cross community blood drive to benefit patients in need from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 31 in the Patio Room on the 5th floor. Because the need for blood remains constant, the Red Cross urges donors of all blood types to give blood or platelets to help keep supplies ready to go, so they are ready for all patients when they need them the most.

The Red Cross must collect about 14,000 pints of blood every day to meet the needs of patients across the U.S., but only about 3 percent of the population donates blood each year. That’s why it’s so important for generous donors to roll up their sleeves and give a life-saving gift.

Donors must be at least 17 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in general good health. The Red Cross recommends drinking plenty of fluids on the day of donation, wearing comfortable clothing with sleeves that can be rolled up, eating iron-rich foods in the weeks prior to donation and bringing a list of any medications taken along with a photo I.D. or blood donor card.

The actual donation only takes about 10-12 minutes, but donors should allow one hour for registration, a confidential health history session and refreshments after their donation.

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