Ocean Pointe Blood Drive coming soon!
Past Blood Drive
Opportunity for Ocean Pointe to save lives!
Today our Hawaii families needs you. We currently have a Blood Shortage Crisis in our Hospitals, Blood Banks, Labs and Authorized Providers. We have majority Leukemia, Cancer, Surgery, Victims of Car accidents and all other emergency patients in desperate need of blood and can potentially lose their life without the adequate supply of blood. As you know, we have Natural and Man-made (artificial) Disasters to prepare for in that case. Every two seconds someone needs blood, and you just never know who that will be. To help ensure blood is available when it’s needed by Hawaii’s patients, visit your local blood drive. Ocean Pointe Residential Community Association Sponsor Group Code 2806 can be used in any Blood Drive Islandwide. Ocean Pointe Community, if you'd like to volunteer & donate blood just mention Code 2806 during registration at the Blood Drive. Please help us meet our Life Saving goal of 25 pints as we have only 0 currently scheduled appointments with 40 open appointment slots to fill, since some will get deferred. Go to www.bbhdonor.org to do a drive search & enter 96706. In the near future Ocean Pointe CA will be sponsoring it's own Blood Drive at the community center. Details coming soon!
What to do before donating blood?
Preparation is important in order to have the best possible blood donation experience, and even save the most lives. So before you donate remember to:Drink 8-10 glasses of water. Keep your body well hydrated in preparation for a loss in body fluid. Avoid coffee, alcohol or caffeinated beverages that dehydrate the body. Get adequate rest. Typically, you should get a good night's sleep the night before your donation. Eat a hearty meal. Be sure to have a good breakfast the morning of your donation and full meals throughout the day. Include iron-rich foods in your diet. An iron-rich diet can help keep hemoglobin levels within an acceptable range for donating. Consistent, long-term consumption of meats, leafy green vegetables and/or other iron-rich foods is the key. Know the countries where you’ve traveled and when you visited them. In accordance with FDA regulations, donors may be deferred based on travel to areas exposed to vCJD (the human form of mad cow disease), malaria or other illnesses during specified time frames. Know your medical conditions.
From registration to refreshments, the entire process of donating blood takes about one hour and includes the following six steps:
1. Paperwork: Each donor is given a questionnaire to fill out.
2. Mini-physical: We will check your vital signs (blood pressure, pulse, temperature and hemoglobin level).
3. Confidential Interview: We will review your medical history with you.
4. Blood Collection: A new, sterile and disposable needle is used to draw one pint of your blood,
which only takes about five to eight minutes.
5. Rest: Remain seated for a few minutes.
6. Eat: Be sure to have some refreshments before you leave and enjoy hearty meals throughout the day.
Congratulations! You’ve saved lives. Now what?
Here are some tips to help you feel your best:
- Drink lots of fluids (eight 8-ounce glasses). This will replace the lost fluid volume in less than a day, and the lost proteins. Within six to eight weeks your red blood cells are restored.
- Eat a healthy, hearty meal.
- Leave the bandage on your arm for at least four hours and avoid strenuous physical activity for 24 hours.
- Avoid alcohol and smoking for a half hour after donating.
- If you feel anything out of the ordinary after you leave the Blood Bank’s donor center or mobile, immediately lie down, then call the Blood Bank’s nursing services at (808) 845-4745 for guidance.
- If you get sick with a cold or flu in the next few days, please call us. If you don’t feel well, for the safety of the patient who may receive your blood, we will recall your pint of blood, if possible, and not use it.
- If you have any reason to believe your blood may not be safe to give to another person, please call us immediately.
Remember, every two seconds someone needs blood. You're eligible to donate again in eight weeks. So before you leave the donation site, please schedule your next appointment. For more information visit www.bbh.org
Someone is counting on your next donation.