City of Schertz EMS
Tuesday August 30
8 am – Noon
It is time for the next City of Schertz Blood Drive! Next Tuesday June 14th from 8am-12pm. We need at least 25 units of blood. The bus that is coming will have the equipment to take Dual Red blood cells as well. The time slots of 8am, 9am, 10am, 11am and 12pm will be held for dual red blood cell donations.
Dual Red Blood Cells
If a donor is O-, B-, A-, or O+; we really would like them to consider doing the duel red cell donation as these are the blood types we are consistently inadequate with. This does not mean that ALL other blood types would not be able to do the dual. Here are the requirements for dual red cell donations:
Dual Red Cell Donation Requirements:
Men-must weigh at least 130 pounds and be at least 5’1” tall.
Women-must weigh at least 150 pounds and be at least 5’3” tall.
Blood Donor Requirements
Anyone can donate blood who is 16 years old weighing 120 pounds (with parental consent form), or at least 17 years old weighing 110 pounds, and in good general health. Identification is required.
Additional requirements may be needed for certain types of blood donation such as platelet, dual red blood cell or plasma. Donors should eat before their donation. Fasting is not recommended. Drink plenty of non-alcoholic fluids, such as water and fruit juice, before and after donating.
Donors must present identification. Acceptable forms of identification include, but are not limited, to
- Driver’s license
- Security or identification badge with photograph and name
- Photo yearbook listing (high school)
- Photo credit card or bank cardaspirin
Eat healthy high-iron foods.
Avoid caffeine and products containing aspirin.
For faster service please bring a list of any medications you may be taking.
As a prospective donor you must bring some form of identification (driver’s license, military card, student ID) in order to register. Then you complete a health history questionnaire concerning your medical history, lifestyle and risk of exposure to infectious agents. Your answers to these questions will help us determine whether or not you are an eligible donor.
If you meet the requirements for donating blood, you will then go through a screening process. At this time a technician will take important vital signs, such as, pulse, temperature, blood pressure and iron-level check. This initial screening process and physical exam takes approximately 30 minutes.
After you have passed the screening and medical exam, a technician directs you to the donor area where you sit in a comfortable position. A technician will swab your arm inside the elbow (to prevent infection) and insert a needle into a vein. The needle is attached to a sterile plastic bag.
After the donation, the needle is removed and a sterile bandage is put on your arm. You can then relax and enjoy some refreshments.
Frequently Asked Questions
I have a health condition. How can I find out if I’m eligible to donate?
Please call 210-731-5555 then dial 0 and ask for QA (Quality Assurance)
How long does it take to give blood?
The entire blood donation process takes about 45 to 60 minutes. Before you donate you must first fill out a donor registration form, which has questions regarding your personal data, medical history, medication usage and travel. Then you receive a mini-physical health exam to determine if you are eligible to donate. The actual blood collection takes just 5 to 10 minutes. After donating, you will remain in our donor area for about ten minutes. STBTC provides refreshments so you can begin replenishing
your body’s fluid supply.
What should I do to prepare for my donation? Any special instructions?
Drink eight to 10 glasses of water within the 24 hours prior to your appointment; eat a healthy, low-fat meal; and get adequate rest. The day of your donation you should eat two to four hours before you donate and continue to drink plenty of fluids. Wear loose-fitting, comfortable clothing with sleeves that can be rolled up past your elbow. Bring with you identification and a list of any medications you’re taking.
View more frequently asked questions on southtexasblood.org.
For more information, please contact Dudley Wait EMS Director at 210.619.1400