New Law Brings Younger NC Teens To Give Blood

The American Red Cross says legislation allowing younger teenagers to give blood is helping increase supplies at blood banks for North Carolina patients.

Barry Porter with the Triangle-area chapter of the American Red Cross said on Monday that 16-year-olds gave an estimated 11,500 units of blood in 2009. The law signed in August 2008 lowered the age of consent to donate blood from 17 to 16.

The office of Rep. Dale Folwell of Forsyth County said the law is expanding the number of people whose lives can be improved or saved because each unit can be shared with up to three people.

Porter said people become lifelong donors when they learn that giving blood is safe and easy to do.


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  • by Vivian Location: Simpson on Mar 4, 2010 at 10:53 AM
    I have gave 22 pints to date,and I have NEVER once been harassed!
  • by T Location: Gville on Mar 3, 2010 at 05:53 PM
    I know once you give blood they will harrass the mess out of you to give again. They kept calling my husband the day he came home from the hospital after having surgery and when I told him I'm sorry he can't give blood he just had surgery and we just got home they called again the next few days as if they didn't listen or didn't care. Finally I had to tell them to never call my house again to get them to stop.
  • by C Location: Greenville on Mar 2, 2010 at 02:30 PM
    I know someone who works there and they have told me stories about how the management treats the employees. But these days people have to keep what job they have to make money.
  • by @To Anonymous on Mar 2, 2010 at 09:40 AM
    I never said giving blood was not a good thing. I worked there so I know what was said to us behind the scenes. At a blood drive u only see what we are taught to show u. Yes, Keyword is I used to work there, I got tired of working for an organization that was not as honorable behind the scenes as it was showed to the community. I know the value of a blood donation I also know how much we wasted, unless u have worked with ARC u cannot tell me anything.
  • by Darren Location: Kill Devil Hills on Mar 2, 2010 at 08:45 AM
    It will do way more help than harm by a long shot. Just a small episode does not kill anyone. There are people dying due to a lack of blood.
  • by To Anonymous/3/2@01:16 on Mar 2, 2010 at 05:00 AM
    Key word; you used to work for ARC. Giving blood is a good thing, and helps save many lives. High school students are able to make their own decisions on giving blood. As a firefighter/medic, we give blood. You should know that anyone, at anytime, giving blood can have syncopal episodes. Thats just the way it is. We recently had a blood drive at our station. Great turnout, however we had seasoned veterans passing out. You,of all people, should know the value of blood donation. If you were involved in a trauma situation, would you not be grateful for blood, if needed? I know many good people who work for ARC. I also know they terminate personnel who have a problem "sticking" donors for blood. So, it sounds to me you may have needed some training in venous access. I have intubated, started IV therapy, administered drugs, etc. to small children. Yes, I felt bad for the child, but I also knew it was necessary. Blood is necessary, even if it comes from teens.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 1, 2010 at 10:16 PM
    I used to work with ARC in greenville and I always felt sorry for the teens giving blood. Especially at the high schools, we were told to talk them into giving blood and many would feel bad after donating or would even pass out at a higher rate than normal. All these high schools we would go to with and it was hot in the gym and we had to put out a lot of recovery beds so they could lay on them until they felt better. ARC will try to get blood by whatever means necessary. It is a shame.
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