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March 18, 2004

Moultrie-- There's a new way to give blood, and it speeds up the delivery to hospitals. It's called Double Red cells, and the process is fairly new to our region.

Wednesday, Colquitt County High School students gave it a try. The machines take the blood, spin it down and separate plasma from red cells. This is done at the blood drive instead of having to send pints to Atlanta.

"This is the third time we've had it in the Colquitt County area and the first time we've had it in the high school," said Collection Manager Tina Johnston. "And it's been a very good positive turnout for the high school."

Colquitt County high school students gave 45 good units of double red cells. This machine also takes two units from the same donor. Both of those units go to the same patient, decreasing the chances of a patient's body rejecting the blood.

In order to donate this way, men must weigh at least 150 pounds and have a height of five-five. Women must weigh 175 pounds and five-seven in height.


posted at 4:00PM by dave.miller@walb.com