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Red Cross 110115

Oct 27, 2015|

AN INTERVIEW WITH JARED SCHULTZMAN, COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER WITH THE RED CROSS ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF BLOOD DONATIONS.

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This isn't it true scope and Entercom radio Portland public affairs program I'm Gary blocks. The American Red Cross is always in need of blood donations and they're making it easier and more fun to make donations and we're gonna find out how. Today on the show it like to welcome George Holtzman communications manager with the American Red Cross major and. Thank thank you very much tram accident obsolete so just this past week the Red Cross launched something brand new wasn't. Very exciting for donors yes on Monday we launched our rapid pass on line health history system. And what it basically Desi kids donors and opportunity. On the same data donation to go on line from the comfort of privacy of their own homer or at work. On a personal computer. Read their pre donation materials and answer the health history questions. Which are basically eligibility questions for that day. And then they'll get a printout. With a little bar code or they can forward the PDF to their mobile device. Bringing into their donation and basically when that scanned in it upload solid information indicate to skip that portion. Of the Oprah all donation process when there. So that there questions are being asked of you when you were out making a donation January correct as saint same exact questions. The reason it's idealists were what we're looking at is is is upwards of somewhere on a fifteen minute time saver. You know of blood donation takes about five to ten minutes the actual donation itself but it really takes about an hour from the time you walk in the door to the time you watch out the door. So not only our donors being very generous with her blood but they're also being very generous with their time so anything that we can do. To make it more convenient or or or save a little bit of time I mean that's that's it for the donors in it for us that's cool so what kind of questions are on on the rapid past. Again it's basically eligibility questions so when you. Typically when you when you are evident India a blood drive your your first in some materials to read pre donation reading materials. They're all based on eligibility they're designed to help you. Determine if you you yourself for eligible to give we don't want to get too far down the process before you find you may be ineligible we went save time if we can. So there's a list of or there's some information they can read and then there's a balance thirty questions are so all eligibility based. That debt outlined some potential reasons why you might be deferred. Under some travel deferral since you've been certain countries where there might be a malaria risk or. Match fouling in in the European area. And there are some that medication referrals as well. It's the exact same question you get. You just answering them in advance and you're saving time on the other end. In user privacy protected. At dissing and so when when you're on the rapid pass website. It is a secure and encrypted site. I'm minute that information that your that your giving when you're answering it stored anywhere basically win the when you're done with the questions. He get their print out with the bar code in the bar code has all the information and it's not stored anywhere in the system. And when she get to the blood drive begin when the skin that Bart could end your answer should then uploaded. For that donation itself. No pure rove repeat donor so you donate how often can somebody donate blood tablets once every 56 days. So if you if you're a person who does this say every couple months or so is that do you have to do this rapid pass question here each timers that something didn't information stored. Every time it's it's the same as if you make regular donation of XT guidelines are that you answered these eligibility questions each and every time you make a donation. And again rapid pass. It must be done the same day at your donation. Which could be an issue if you if you're scheduled super early in the morning but if you still if you have about five or ten minutes at home you still might feel to get that time for you heading and and so as long as it's anytime after midnight. The day of the donation. You can still lead in in and bring them bring that she'd in our or begin email to your mobile device and and we can scan in archer Foner rather device when you get there so it's critical of the Red Cross has an out. Although we have Matthew say an apple is up and that is great I mean for bringing them in depth is awed by the year old. It basically puts all the power saving lives in your hand as basically our web site. You can find blood donation opportunities you can schedule your appointment salted app itself it it's kind of a separate deal unwrap it passes part of our web site. But that is also great to donors who have who have downloaded you know again it's it's been available for about a year they Dele. Technology it's amazing it it is some casing because the Red Cross has been around for a very long time rate. Right and this that this petite directed pass. Health history this has been a long time coming gaming donors have been asking for this for a while we're extremely excited that we're able to roll this out. I'm not only is it big benefit for the donors it's also big benefit for us and a bunch of sponsors because if you're saving time. I'm for the donors who you have happy donors you have better donor flow at the bush trying to rebook you donors in and out quicker. Which makes him a more pleasant experience. I'm which reflects well on the blood drive sponsors and hopefully will result in more repeat donations in a few if you go out to Busch driving. You have a great experience and it's quick and it's easy you're more likely to come back to the future that I absolutely. Well if I wonder donate how to how to find a place that still is seeking donations are now Peru both sponsor like you said. You can search there's two ways selection there's three ways on you go on the website Red Cross blood dot org it's very easy to enter your zip code and you can all kinds of donation opportunities in your area. You call when under Red Cross or getting back to that again our blood donor apps you can download that on your phone MB speed at functions just such a website you can search for. Mobile blood drives. Blitz sinners. You can also schedule your appointment through the app and it keeps it ain't a history of your blood donations. World your blood donation histories old zone that as well. She can see how many donation you made. Helps you via social media he can tweet up pictures of yourself donating it it's kind of something. I would imagine is it's safe to say that there's of a blood donation center happening you can donate it just about anywhere any time break. Just about an and really that's. The reason for that is the blood drive sponsors. So. The Red Cross the Pacific northwest we have a region that basically covers all Morgan and and much of Washington. I'm in all of that area we'll only have five blade senators are on skis and 59 blood centers and that's a pretty small number compared today geographic space. What helps us tremendously are these blood drive sponsors who are willing to let us come out in two communities where we don't have a plea senator. Obviously. Recruited donors to come in and around and give us a space to set up in clutch play. I'm without those we'll address sponsors we would we would never be able to collect as much as we deal. In the blood mobiles so it's called. Sure so. If first but if somebody won our group wants to sponsor drive and maybe they don't have adequate amount of space inside or maybe to shut temperature controlled and we can what we can do is we can rule out our bus it's self contained we have 45. Donor bits inside they have health history rooms. Completely confidential toward the back of the bus and yet so it's a blood drive on wheels. And we the radio seasons or down it's an insult waterfront and a off conceive of the blue bus. In the neighborhood. The is facing downtown because most businesses to host tries downtown they don't have a lot of space where we can set up and size the end of the buses area very handy that way. So we are entering into the Euro winter months and he were talking before this interview that this is the time of year kind of especially as we approached the holidays Thanksgiving Christmas. It says it's a pretty low donation time zone right. Yes it this is one of it one of the two times a year where we see that that tipped seasonally summer's tough for us and then winter really rate as you get to. The Thanksgiving hall ending and in through the new year is win. Obviously people get very busy mom and they have get togethers they're planning their traveling there on vacation. Taking time off from work shopping. For the holidays. And there's also seasonal illness sealed cold and flu season will will not donors out of commission has forced donation goes for a couple weeks at a time. And so so donations tend to decline for that. Month plus period of time. And your putter kind of gearing up for your you've got some and starting unknown who's starting on November 1 her son tells about. Janet says it's our big civil war of blood drive we have it every year and this is the fourteenth year it is graciously generously sponsored by or can state university and university organ alumni associations. There with this every single year and so. The the campaign Ryan's. I think the last few years now runs about three weeks so this year and kicks off November 1 it runs through November 22. It's at any rig cross blood drive or blood donation senator in the state of organ any and all of them could and also in Clark County. And so any of those locations donors can come out and give a home indicate they're they're able to cast their vote. For either oh what she beavers sure you vote ducks. And then they're also able by casting their vote their entered in a competition to win two tickets to the civil war game on ice. At the end of the campaign we tally up all the votes and under the ducks or beavers win I think cats in the first thirteen years of this campaign. I think what she has a very narrow 76 margins was nice and close the only squeaked out a win last year by. I think just maybe a couple dozen votes it was extremely close last year. So I know there's said there's a friendly rivalry behind this as far as the alumnus Sissy should skill. I'm but this is really just a fun way to engage with donors. Tennis surrounding a large event in this state I mean. The civil war games huge. People you civil watching get involved in and on this is just a way for them to kind of support their university if they're in a low tomorrow or a student or if they have. I'm no dog in the fight think they still might wanna cast a ballot in a potential win tickets to the game to you don't have to be a duck or Beaver Creek you actually don't. A but the cool thing is in conjunction with this the alumni associations also helped to sponsor. Weeklong blood drives at both universities. So again the campaign runs. About three weeks from the first to the 22 any known Red Cross blood drive in. But drugs in in in the state organ or clerk Tony. But we also have weeklong drives on the OSU campus in the U vote campus. I'm and those are huge school drives are very big for us particularly those university drives. Think we're expecting it at the and to try to buy tendered units at each one over the course of five days so it'll be big to drive what's leave the typical demographic of donor. You really can be anybody. Obviously we we hope to gates it's more young donors now. We find that that's when the school drives are so helpful and important for us. It's oftentimes it's the first. Kind of teased her experience with blood donation for for young students young young I'm young people. And a lot of people who become my fund donors who give their start at school drive. Where maybe they're there to joining with their friends or me being distorted the class for a little bit when he got there and make a donation from big exam coming up she hears that click here however they can involves a lot of times we'll see them kind of take that thing go because you know you make their first donation you see hate this is so bad at all and you won and I tried this earlier were. Defect and I just thank you so but they can potentially help save people's lives it is to big thing. A lot of far older donors who have more time. Tended more regular donors they're not as busy maybe people who are retired. His first platelet donations skill and completely donors can give once. Every week basically once every seven days sept 24 times a year. And that's a much larger time commitment whole blood donation again takes about an hour total. On even though the donation itself only takes about ten minutes but the donors that process takes about 2202. And half hours. I'm in further a large part of that time there in the dead because of that process for only collecting one component so basically to hold bled. Who commanded don't drink going to a centrifuge that woman separate out the platelets and plasma or whatever were were particularly collecting at that time. And so that takes a lot of time to do. On celeb of those donors are or are older maybe retirees. And so it basically takes all kinds all all demographics all age groups we we need to and his many donors if we get to come in in and a people and what kind of leathery looking for is there a particular type that's more important than others who we were CEO that they need it truly is constant and all bled blood types are are welcoming needed. At this time particularly we will need up platelets we always deeply that so completely donors are are in large demand. Because platelets are large command among hostile patience. As far as red blood cells go we're looking for takes a B. As well as the RH negative would take your own negative A negative B negative blood types as well those are are are particularly in demand but truly. Oh blood types are needed so. If you're not sure come on down anyway. Culture there and there's a need for your blood and now what if you've been talking about leaflets tells more about platelets will do what we're platelets Morley who would have used for. So clear it's are basically the component of your bled to that helps with the cloning. They're they're oftentimes she's semi did their many uses form their oftentimes he's with cancer patients. They are very delicate and precious resource they they're only. Viable for five days still have to be transfused was within five days of being collected. In yesterday's attack on a death that really the first two days are spent in testing and so for the first two days are not even available to be. To go out so really it's about a three day window to get those transfused. Because the demand is so high. That's really never an issue. So. And there there are other blood components that are used them often tension here if somebody comes in to make a whole blood donation. That one donation to help save up to three lives in the reason for that being that once we collect that you hear that pint of whole blood. Now we will many factions split that down into its component parts because we want to. You kind of increase lacing potential every donation it does certainly make sense. To give a patient who needs red blood cells. Plasma and platelets is well when you can separate those out used them with multiple patients that time Columbus blood lust. Are complete it's as about five days red blood cells are good for up to 42 days and those are kept refrigerated. So they have a little bit longer shelf life. I'm and class so we can freeze and can be kept for a two year. The Simon isn't able to you this civil war blood drive is coming a while actually starts on November 1 runs through them twice sacked 22. They'll that's a good good window of time turn to be able to donate but if you can't donate at that time what's the best thing to do. Really it's whenever most convenient. Find the time and date and location again you can go to the website you can download app and and and find plenty of locations tend to joining net. Schedule an appointment in in in make an effort to come in and give especially this time of year. A and we also have another cool bush draft coming up it's it's specific to just one date that we ever Thanksgiving. Diebler drive which we hold every year to. That's only held at our Portland sinner. Our Vancouver center and our Salem senator. On the school because it's early morning I think it runs from about 6 AM to 1230. The donors come out. Always and get booed. The day in a two -- data can't give you it's indeed be grateful a lot of donors use that as a time to kind of help somebody else help on the fourth inning go home mr. preparing dinner or you know join with family and friends. But the cool thing is when the donors now we also we have fight each general get a whole pumpkin pie. And T shirt and so there's a lot of especially giveaways because boom we do understand day you know it is Thanksgiving Day. And she makes an expectation that people come out to give. At a time when. I'm sure they're extremely busy and we have we want to make sure you words. We shore thankful listen our gratitude for them making an effort is there any evidence that would prove that donating blood would move make you have a better appetite for Thanksgiving. And dignified and I I can tell you that before you come into make a donation. You should have a a large. Healthy breakfast. I'm anyone ST well hydrated both before and after. I'm sure. People will be pretty hungry and you have that Heidi go home with Sony did Seattle time in the kitchen maybe I'll have to bake a pie you can just hit home with that get pumped empire. Go over your friend's house may be that your contribution to. Waivers being named he can be the hero exactly played in more ways than one more clearly benefit for the Red Cross really makes it so easy to donate. That it's amazing how how easy it is to just Disco undo it. It's an easy process and again and I think that's our job I mean you're you're talking about people. Giving their blood and for some people that seems. Regular donors if it's probably no big deal of them I mean again once you make their first donation there's a lot of people who have some trepidation. Here's a little bit of fear and sometimes. Apprehension about that then needle itself which is understandable but but I TI and I have worked with the Red Cross now for. Little very years I've talked to many donors. And it's. The coolest thing for me is seeing somebody meet Jefferson nation especially somebody who has. Has heard about it and kind of put it off for urban a little bit of concern to any key to their first donation and you know. 99 times out of a hundred it's like why I didn't do this sooner this was no big deal at all any gift that. Do we don't get to see the other side of the donation you don't. No with the patient who's gonna receive your. Red blood cells are here are your plasma or whenever. You've you've you understand what it's all about and you get that good feeling so I mean it's some idea I encourage everybody I know you know even when I don't hammering crest had on. In my personal life. People were never try to guessing you know just give one tries Disco and if in if it's if it's after you that's finally she made an effort in and I tell you most people. The thing they love it. Debunks some myths about blood donation for us. I'm sure people have some ideas of the world is gonna be like and it really isn't. As bad as it seems I think maybe didn't have the baby to be dismissed as people think it's like a complicated medical procedure when it when it's not. It's a simple slow bottoming we take about a pint in your senior year regular whole blood donation which I think is what most people kind of think about when they think about donating blood. We take about a tiny bit normal adults have anywhere between. Ten and twelve points in their body. Most of that blood volume is replaced. By your body within 24 hours sleep and then we'll take about two months or so to replace the red blood cells themselves which is why there's so. 5060 waiting period before you come back him. If they're procedures extremely simple. You're you're done in now pretty quickly. Hopefully no threat to pass even even more quickly. I think one of the major concerns we get a lot of times is again is the needle stick. And when I mean. Can make a comparison for somebody who's never donated. On the one I like to make is the flu shot. Lot of people get the flu shot like it doesn't shut. To me the flu shot is. It's a little more a little more purpose than it did you get from joining blended in and do the needle is smaller they're they're putting that he shut directly into your muscle. And whereas when you come into gunning blend thinking age of the needles a little bit bigger but we're just barely going under your skin and right into this game and and often. Times donors will hear him. Some personal feel anything at all. I'm really it it comes on the skill of four by animus which we train ourselves whether they come from the flu Bonnie Democrat or not when. When they're brought into the organization they retrained it into our system. And it it just to make that their donation is is as easy as possible the good a lot of missed is of great personnel. The gist they're making very comfortable exactly and we have you know we have some votes Obama's than do with this for a long time down and they have built relationships with donors 'cause we have regular donors they command. Particularly at its. That tell blood centers or regular mobile blood drives where they can come back to the same place. And and they'll get to know them on the abilities relationships there's that trust involved there into there's a lot of camaraderie that goes along. Can you tell us about some things that would make somebody ineligible to be a donor. Well they're there are again and a number of things on the very basic airlines that we normally give our that you have to be. At least seventeen years of age or older and you can't be sixteen. With the print to permission that's assigned to rig cross pretzel permission slip that that student have to bring to play drive. I'm otherwise it's seventeen years of age or older. You have to released a 110 pounds and you have to be feeling healthy and well the team you're donation so they'll cold or flu and getting over one night. Starting to feel one coming on if that's the keys to sweet to your feeling better. Beyond that there are literally a number of things that the big ones are in there are travel deferral Sturm medications referrals. Which is why it's so important that we have a process at the beginning health history in pre donation reading and because it helps the donor screen themselves. For the too far and then the process. Dating back to rapid test really quickly if because to be doing this at home without that if there Red Cross for two represented there with them. If there's questions about or concerns about this particular question or they might not know the answer if they're unsure if they're giving the creek cancer. On to be able to skip that question to wrap it pass and then when they get to the donation site and their answers are all uploaded in when there in that health history room with. The full bond to still be able to go over that question that they skipped or they have a question about they're not sure about eligibility they can be can discuss it at that time. And they're still will be some time in the health history room. With the Red Cross represented because that we subsidies to many physical you know that blood pressure the polls. I temperature those things those also have to be done on site some seat can do that through. The blips if you can that be great if you could theater temperature online that would assist us so how we that would also begin where to do the rapid pass and he's. All the so rapid pass more information and any actual site itself is at Red Cross blood dot org slash rapid path. I mean basically if you go to Red Cross blood there or Q you'll be able to get their village one head rate today to the page itself it's a red Red Cross blood. Dot org slash record pass and before we wrap things up let's talk again about the civil war blood drive. Some were blood drive in November 1 through November 22 of all Greg cross. Blood donations opportunities all mobile blood drives all sinners. In the seat of organ and clerk coney. C'mon kids. Cast your vote for a whole issue were real and possibly when a couple tickets to the civil war gaming and help us bolster their blood supply before we get into a tough time. A year if people are interest and want more information we have a specific site set up its civil war blood drive dot com. On there's a ton of information about the campaign itself. There's a running tally as scoreboard we update that Monday through Friday during the campaigns and can see. You know which schools leading which candidate concede at past results as well so it's kind of cool and again you don't have to be a duck or beaver to do this absolutely not but you can be a duck or beaver you can interview he'll take anybody and you think you would want wealthy. Most okay that. Well alone since fancy anything they'd wanna come and cast their vote you know help there. Hope their school win then this year in and get that coveted trophy in the spring rates next year and get some possibly get some tickets of the game. Exactly is big again be thinking goes out to the organs to you ever seen in university where alumni associations for their. Continued partnership in this campaign in winter months earlier the time to donate because it's it's it's a little donation time correct. So this basically leads right up to the point where you know Thanksgiving kicks off that period where donations declines this really helps to. Ensure we have an adequate blood supply through those winter months. Excellent. We'll play you so much for tons of information they can carry appreciate you having Dershowitz when communications manager with the American Red Cross thanks a bill that was gonna thank you. 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