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Paynesville Press - July 17, 2002

Bloodmobile collects 133 pints of blood

The Red Cross Bloodmobile held on Thursday, July 11, at St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville, netted 133 pints of blood, exceeding the goal for the blood drive. In all, 135 people volunteered to give blood.

The drive was helped by a new mobile machine with a centrifuge, which allows for the red blood cells to be separated right on site, instead of later at the Red Cross headquarters in St. Paul. Type-O donors were identified for using the machine, and six did, with another 15 donors volunteering to do so as well.

The machine allows for two units of red blood cells to be taken from a single patient, while returning the plasma. This means less testing of the blood, less matching between the blood and the patient, and a faster blood supply in emergency situations.

The following donors earned pins for their blood donations: seven gallons - Carol Heitke; five gallons - Mary Jo Buermann, Peter Jacobson, Wayne Kahle, Rosalia Schaefer, and Curtis Sorensen; Three gallons - Richard Frieler, Ruth Hopfer, and Wallace Payne; two gallons - Jeffrey Ampe and Abe Yoder; and one gallon - Elaine Lieser and Ken McCoy.

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