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Make Your Carter Blood Drive Stand Out

Each Carter BloodCare Blood Drive helps us provide for the local blood supply and gives hope to patients in need in our community. Blood Drives are a great opportunity to show people how easy it is to give, and it is up to you to find ways to get more people to roll up their sleeves. By now, you already know the guidelines for hosting a Carter BloodCare blood drive (http://www.carterbloodcare.info/guidelines-for-hosting-a-blood-drive/), but now it is time to learn how to make your blood drive unique and fun for all volunteers and donors.

Get their attention

The first step in making your blood drive stand out is getting the word out to potential donors. We will provide you with materials to help inform everyone of your upcoming drive, but don’t feel limited by that. Feel free to put up your own signs, decorate and find your own unique way to spread the word. Let your potential donors know when and where your drive takes place, what they will need to participate and how easy (and quick) it is to roll up your sleeves! Talk to your Carter BloodCare recruiter that is assigned to your drive, about fun ideas to get people excited for your blood drive.

How about a theme?

Feel free to theme your Carter BloodCare blood drive. A fun, united theme can bring attention to your drive and give your donors and volunteers a chance to have fun while doing something good for the community. From pirates to vampires, there’s no limit to what theme you can add to your drive to give everyone a chance to have more fun.

Everyone loves free stuff

We provide drinks and snacks for donors after they give, but it doesn’t mean you can’t give them a little more incentive. At your drive, feel free to offer your own snacks or other fun treats to give potential donors more reason to participate. Raffles, prizes, gifts and other goodies can help ensure a big turnout at your blood drive.

#BloodDrive

Technology makes it easier to spread the word about your blood drive to your community. Feel free to develop a hashtag for your volunteers, donors and more to spread the word and show off their excitement for your blood drive. At the drive, encourage everyone to use your hashtag and tag @CarterBloodCare to show off how much fun they are having at your blood drive.

The more fun donors have at their first Carter BloodCare donation experience, the more likely they are to sign up and donate again. There are a lot of ways to make your blood drive stand out. Use your creativity to think of ways you can make your blood drive unique. The more fun you have planning and putting on your Carter BloodCare blood drive, the more fun everyone who shows up is going to have!


About Life, Health

Heart Healthy Exercise

It’s no secret that regular exercise is important to keep your body healthy and your heart pumping strong. Adopting a healthier lifestyle that includes regular exercise can reduce your risk of heart disease and other chronic illnesses and enrich your life to make you stronger and more flexible. Exercise is good for your whole body, but we’re here to tell you about the kinds of activity that directly benefit the strength and health of your heart.

Before you start any new physical fitness regimen, consult your doctor about receiving a comprehensive health assessment. Ryan Karnes, Fitness Supervisor at Texas Health Harris Methodist HEB Hospital Fitness Center, suggests getting a comprehensive body assessment as well as a cardio assessment to help you set fitness goals to help your heart beat strong. “At the Harris HEB Hospital Fitness Center, we do a basic assessment to gauge body fat percentage, body measurements and blood pressure before beginning a new program,” says Karnes. “We perform a cardio walk test and measure blood pressure during workout to measure each person’s health.” Karnes says it is important for everyone to get base line measurements at the start of a new fitness regimen, so it is easier to measure your results and assess your goals.

Once you have gotten an assessment from a health professional, you can begin implementing exercises that improve your health. “The type of exercises you need to do depend on your fitness level,” says Karnes, “I prefer interval training, which focuses on getting your heart rate up and then lowering it. This helps build cardiovascular fitness.” Interval training can be practiced with any type of exercise.

There are three basic types of exercise to help improve your heart’s health: aerobic or cardio training, stretching and weight training. Aerobic exercises ideal for heart health include walking, running, swimming and cycling. These exercises aim to raise your heart rate through fast movements, causing you to breathe harder and get your blood flowing through the body. Stretching improves flexibility, relaxes your body, and lets you focus your breathing to improve heart health. Exercises such as yoga help build flexibility and are great to stretch out muscles. Weight training is primarily used to lower bad cholesterol, according to Karnes. Using free weights, resistance bands or your own body weight, is a great way to build strength and work your body towards lower cholesterol.

Thirty minutes of moderate-intensity activity at least three to four times a week is all it takes to improve your heart’s health. Like any muscle, your heart gets stronger and healthier the more active you are. Regular activity will decrease your risk of heart disease, lower blood pressure and bad cholesterol, boost good cholesterol and improve the overall health of your body.


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Ebola Blood Safety

It is our mission at Carter BloodCare to keep the community safe and informed. With the recent cases of the Ebola virus in Dallas, we feel compelled to let our donors, volunteers and community understand the situation. We have worked to answer any questions you may have regarding the virus.

  •  It is absolutely safe to donate blood. Donors are not at risk of contracting the Ebola virus through the donation process.
  • Ebola is only transmitted through direct contact with body fluids of infected persons who are severely ill. Ebola is not spread by healthy people or people without symptoms.
  • Individuals with Ebola are only infectious when they are displaying symptoms.
  • Transmission of the Ebola virus by blood transfusion has never been seen.
  • All donors are asked if they are feeling well and healthy at the time of donation. Any who answer “no” are deferred from donating that day.
  • In the blood donation mini-physical, we screen donors’ temperature. Anyone with a temperature over 99.5F may not donate blood.
  • Blood donors who may have traveled to the areas of Africa that are affected by Ebola, are already deferred from donating blood for at least one year due to their potential exposure to malaria in all of the affected West African countries.
  • As of October 10, 2014, if public health authorities have told you that you may have been exposed to a patient with Ebola virus disease, you may not donate blood for 28 days following your last contact with the infected person.
  • Carter BloodCare staff has not treated patients currently infected with Ebola. They have not had direct contact with any currently infected Ebola patients or Ebola-containing blood or other body fluids.
  • The FDA regulates the blood donation process in the United States. They would notify blood centers if any changes needed to be made regarding the current criteria for donor qualification.
  • If we are notified by the FDA to make any changes, we will adopt them promptly.

There is no proven treatment available for the Ebola virus; however, the use of blood plasma, collected from people who have recovered from the disease, may be an effective treatment.

  • Blood plasma in previously infected and now recovered people contains antibodies that may be successful in fighting off the disease. These antibodies, when transfused into a currently infected patient, may help fight the virus in that patient.
  • The safety and efficacy of treating Ebola patients with the blood plasma from a previously infected person are unproven but have been effective in treating other infections.

Carter BloodCare has a responsibility to save lives in the community through blood donations. Donating blood is a safe process, and people should not be deterred from giving or receiving blood.

Additional Resource:
Self Deferral Notice – Ebola


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Donate to Meet the Needs

Every day, Carter BloodCare needs 1,100 donors to roll up their sleeves and give blood. This number helps us meet the daily requirements of local hospitals and medical centers, as well as keep the local blood supply prepared to meet any unexpected needs that arise. It is important for donors to understand why their donations are significant, based on the blood supply and which blood types are in demand.

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All blood types are needed. The most important blood type is the one that is available when a patient requires that type. When an emergency happens and a patient is bleeding, doctors often request O- blood before there is time to obtain typing on the patient. Individuals with type O- are a small percentage of the population, yet their type is frequently needed. However, for all the times when doctors do know a patient’s blood type, blood donors of all blood types will be required to help those with compatible blood types.The first step in knowing the demands of the blood supply is to understand which blood types are most common, and which blood types can be given to others. The eight most common blood types are O+, A+, B+, AB+, O-, A-, B-, and AB-. These blood types are determined by the presence of two antigens, A and B, which live on the surface of red blood cells. The presence (or absence) of these antigens helps determine the individual’s blood type and to which other types the individual’s blood can be given; also from which other bloods types the individual can receive.

If you are hoping to give blood when the need for your type is greatest, the best way is to call for an appointment (1-800-366-2834). By calling in advance, our staff can let you know what blood types are most immediately needed. This helps determine whether your appointment is ideal right now or next week. You can also request that our team inform you when your blood type is in need, and when you are eligible to donate again.

Each donation received at Carter BloodCare provides a necessary resource for the patient whose life is helped. Just remember, there is always someone with your blood type in our community. One in seven hospital patients will require a transfusion. All you need to do is roll up your sleeves and schedule an appointment to donate blood today. Visit carterbloodcare.org to find a location near you.

 


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Roll Up Your Sleeves and Scream!

Calling all ghouls, goblins and monsters! It’s time to roll up your sleeves and give blood this month for the chance to get your wits scared out of you at one of the scariest haunts in all of North Texas. This month, Carter BloodCare is teaming up with Dark Hour Haunted House of Plano to give donors the chance to enjoy the best of the Halloween holiday.

Dark Hour Haunted House opened in October 2013, and has provided a year-round haunt for thrill seekers. Dark Hour features three distinct sections, each providing their own unique spooky theme. For those who like to dabble in dark magic, “Voodoo Vengeance” is full of white zombies, mystical relics and tortured effigies trying to unleash their horrible magic on the world. Wander through the graveyard in “Dominion of the Dead” and see if you are scared by all the haunted souls. Both of these terrifying haunts are located at “Coven Manor,” home of 13 powerful witches, all fighting to become the leader. Each year a new witch takes the throne and comes up with her own cruel and unique ways to scare all guests who dare to enter.

Dark Hour Haunted House stands out for its use of authentic decorations and state-of-the-art technology, including motion sensors to provide scares and surprises for guests at just the right time. Dark Hour utilizes theatrical lighting systems, professional actors and surround sound to make every haunt more real and believable for guests. Additionally, each month they create a new theme to showcase the scariest and spookiest of each season.

Carter BloodCare is always happy to find fun, unique ways to thank our donors for their generosity. That’s why during October, each Carter BloodCare donor can enter to win a four-pack of passes to Dark Hour Haunted House. All you have to do is conquer your fear of vampires and donate blood with Carter BloodCare. Following your donation, log-in to your Great Partners Rewards page or call 877.869.4141. Redeem just 50 points per to get your name in the drawing; and you can enter as many times as you want, to be able to win your chance to scream at all the Dark Hour haunts. Did you donate last month or another time? Do you have at least 50 points remaining in your Great Rewards account? Then you, too, can be eligible for the four-pack of passes by redeeming just 50 points toward the chance to win. Winners will be contacted by a Carter BloodCare representative once they are selected and given instructions on how to redeem the prize.

So whether you’re a vampire looking to help the blood supply or a witch trying to cook up a brew of fun, now is your chance to make the best of this Halloween season. Get ready to have a scary fun Halloween this year when you roll up your sleeves and donate with Carter BloodCare and Dark Hour Haunted House (we just recommend not going through the haunted house after donating).


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Diabetes & donaciones

Según la Asociación Americana de Diabetes el 8.3% de americanos tienen diabetes y el 11.3% de todos los adultos tienen diabetes. Lo cual hace la pregunta “¿Puedo donar sangre si tengo diabetes?” muy común.

En general la respuesta es si, usted puede donar. Solo unas cuantas excepciones pueden detenerlo. Una razón absoluta seria si usted alguna vez uso insulina originada de res (como de ganado por ejemplo). La razón es porque ciertos ganados fueron expuestos al mal de la vaca loca conocida como mad cow disease en Gran Bretaña durante los 1980’s y los tempranos años ‘90.
Fue difícil rastrear si los medicamentos venían de Inglaterra, y por esta razón si usted alguna vez uso insulina de res no puede donar sangre. Sin embargo, la mayoría de las personas usaron insulina de origen de cerdo o de humano, y hoy en día la mayoría de insulina es recombinante (hecha en un laboratorio) por lo tanto esta excepción no afecta a muchas personas. Otra excepción seria si el donar sangre le ocasiona sentirse mal, o si su medico le ha recomendando que no lo haga. Unas cuantas personas con diabetes que es muy difícil de controlar pueden formar parte de esta categoría. La mayoría de personas con diabetes toleran la donación de sangre completamente bien, pero es importante que los donadores con diabetes continúen su régimen normal para el mantenimiento de su glucosa el día que van a donar.

Datos sobre la diabetes de la Asociación Americana de Diabetes

  • La diabetes afecta a más de 25.8 millones de estadounidenses, lo cual es aproximadamente 8.3% de la población.
  • El año pasado 1.9 millones de casos nuevos fueron diagnosticados en personas de 20 años de edad o mayor.
  • Alrededor de uno de cada 400 niños y adolescente tiene diabetes.
  • La diabetes es una causa principal de enfermedad cardiaca y accidentes cerebrovasculares
  • Si usted tiene preguntas especificas sobre la donación de sangre y si es adecuado para usted y su condición diabética por favor consulte con su medico.

Por Laurie J. Sutor,
M.D., M.B.A.
Vicepresidente de Servicios Médicos y Técnicos de Carter BloodCare.


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Donantes Hispanos Marcan sus Teléfonos Gracias a Univision

Univision 23, un constante apoyo al suministro de sangre en la comunidad, invitó a Carter BloodCare a formar parte de su noticiero por medio del segmento Univision a Su Lado. El programa es trasmitido una vez a la semana y introduce a los televidentes a organizaciones sin fines de lucro, gubernamentales, y civiles en la comunidad. El segmento es promovido durante todo el día y un centro de llamadas es preparado para recibir preguntas y proveer respuestas a los miembros de la comunidad.

Carter BloodCare acepto la invitación con entusiasmo como parte de su compromiso de alcanzar a la creciente comunidad hispana. En lugar de recibir llamadas en el estudio, Univision acordó que las llamadas fueran recibidas en el centro de llamadas de Carter BloodCare donde tres operadoras que hablan español respondieron preguntas y programaron citas para donar sangre.
Después de tres horas un total de 36 personas habían hecho citas para donar y numerosas preguntas sobre el tema de la donación de sangre habían sido respondidas. Los televidentes hispanos están acostumbrados ha recibir información por medio de las noticias y el formato de centro de llamadas también es bien recibido lo cual convirtió esto en una gran oportunidad para alcanzar a donantes hispanos – y otros posibles donantes. Carter BloodCare agradece la importante función de Univision en comunicar a la comunidad hispana el mensaje de salvar vidas por medio de la donación de sangre.

!Anticipamos hacer nuevos amigos hispanos y contarlos entre nuestros donantes que salvan vidas!

Casi el 12% de nuestros donantes son hispanos.


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Gr8 Changes to the Gr8 Students Website

Students throughout North, Central and East Texas provide 22% of the blood collected by Carter BloodCare each year. Their generous contributions at school blood drives and community donor centers help us provide this valuable resource to the people who need it most. Our Gr8 Students website provides a way to thank college and high school students for rolling up their sleeves, in addition to giving them a way to benefit for being a part of Carter BloodCare. This month we are unveiling our new and improved Gr8 Students website to make it easier for college and high school students to get involved with Carter BloodCare.

Gr8Students.org provides college and high school students with a resource to learn more about Carter BloodCare and how we reward them for giving. The Gr8 Students site encourages students to get involved in their community by organizing blood drives, joining our Great Leaders Initiative, striving toward success with our Red Cord Honors Program, and learning about their health through our Wellness Program.

Each part of Gr8 Students gives students and schools a chance to connect with their community in a life-changing way. Students interested in hosting a blood drive at their school can become a part of our Great Leaders Initiative. Each year, we host one-day workshops to show students and faculty how Carter BloodCare saves lives, and why each school blood drive makes an impact on their community. High school seniors can earn extra recognition for their work with Carter BloodCare through our Red Cord Honors Program. If a school is a part of RCHP, students who meet our criteria are awarded with cords to wear for their high school graduation to let their community know that they’re a proud donor with Carter BloodCare. Once students donate, they become a part of our Wellness Program. The Wellness Program shows students some of their vital health information such as blood type, cholesterol levels, blood pressure and hemoglobin, so our donors stay healthy and ready to roll up their sleeves for years to come.

Students in high school and college fill a necessary need in their communities by donating with Carter BloodCare. However, many forget that they can donate even if there isn’t a drive at the school. Donating blood can be as simple as getting a haircut. All it takes is a few friends to visit one of our local donor centers or stop by a community blood drive in the area. Once you are out of school, you can keep helping your community by organizing a Carter BloodCare Blood Drive at your work place or college. The best thing about donating with Carter BloodCare is once you donate, you are entered into our Great Partners Rewards program, which gives you points for fun gifts and experiences each time you donate.

Our goal with Gr8 Students is to show high school and college students how important it is to donate blood and provide them with outlets to get fun and useful benefits from Carter BloodCare. The newly revamped website will be more user friendly and responsive so it works on any computer or device. The new site will feature a fresh, modern look and showcase all the perks and programs available for students through Carter BloodCare. We want students to know the impact of what they do when they donate, and our updated Gr8 Students website does just that by explaining the donation process and showing how much good students do each time they give.

If you want your school to participate in a Carter BloodCare blood drive, talk to your administration and email Gr8Students(at)carterbloodcare.org to learn about how to join our Great Leaders Initiative and see how great it feels to roll up your sleeves and give to your community. And check out the new and improved gr8students.org to see more ways Carter BloodCare is working to help students in the community succeed.


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El Futuro de Nuestro Suministro de Sangre

Conforme las personas envejecen, se vuelven más propensas a necesitar transfusiones de sangre y menos propensas a poder contribuir al suministro de sangre.

Es importante notar que el número de personas mayores de 65 años en el Censo del 2010 fue de unos 40 millones, pero en el año 2050 se espera que la cifra incremente a más del doble, a 88 millones.

“El suministro sostenible de sangre en nuestra comunidad ha asegurado mejoramientos significativos en nuestra habilidad de tratar enfermedades del corazón, problemas ortopédicos, transplantes de órganos, y enfermedades malignas,” dijo Dr. Merlyn Sayers, presidente y CEO de Carter BloodCare. “A medida que cada uno de estos avances lleguen a ser beneficiosos para nuestra población de mayor edad, aumentara más nuestra necesidad para un suministro de sangre disponible.”

Tan pronto como el año 2020, Carter BloodCare puede ser requerido a proveer casi el doble de la cantidad de sangre a pacientes e instalaciones de salud locales.

Una revisión de los datos de donantes de Carter BloodCare revelo que después de su donación inicial solo el 45 por ciento de los donantes regresaron a donar durante los siguientes tres años. Nunca volvimos a ver el otro 55 por ciento de nuevo.

Carter BloodCare necesita su ayuda para crecer la base de donantes y aumentar la frecuencia con la que donan cada uno de estos voluntarios. Y recuerde cuando usted dona sangre con nosotros la donación no es para Carter BloodCare, sino para los pacientes en nuestra comunidad que dependen de transfusiones oportunas.

Nuestro trabajo es hacer posible estas transfusiones que salvan vidas – pero no lo podemos lograr sin la generosidad de nuestros donantes. “Donar sangre es una poderosa manera de involucrarse un su comunidad porque siempre prolonga vidas, salva vidas, o mejora vidas,” dijo Dr. Sayers. “No hay substituto para la sangre humana.”

Usted puede ayudar!

  • Demuestre públicamente entusiasmo sobre la donación de sangre. Hable de ello. Anime a alguien que usted conoce a donar sangre, frecuentemente.
  • Si usted no puede donar sangre, enliste a alguien que pueda dar en su lugar.
  • Invite a alguien mas joven que usted a donar sangre regularmente. Con su estímulo tal vez ellos desarrollarán el hábito de salvar vidas.
  • Invite a su adolescente, de 16 años o mayor, a donar sangre con usted en un Centro de Donación de Carter BloodCare durante el verano. Hay más de 20 establecimientos de cuales elegir (visite CarterBloodCare.org/localtions). La necesidad es grande durante el verano cuando las campanas de donación no se llevan acabo en las escuelas preparatorias.
  • ¿Tiene influencia con los estudiantes universitarios? Ayúdelos a organizar campanas de donación, o invítelos a dar en un Centro de Donación de Carter BloodCare. Las causas son populares entre esta edad y donar sangre es una causa que salva vidas.
  • Sea receptivo a dar diferentes tipos de donaciones. La tecnología moderna nos permite alinear mejor la necesidad diaria de pacientes con las donaciones recibidas diariamente. Es decir, usted puede dar un tipo de donación durante una visita (sangre completa) y en su siguiente visita le pueden pedir que de otro tipo de donación (plaquetas). (Las plaquetas son utilizadas en el tratamiento de pacientes con cáncer). Por supuesto, todas las donaciones son apreciadas.

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Get the Most out of your Carter BloodCare Volunteer Experience

Just like anything you commit your time to, volunteer work should fulfill you and showcase your talents. At Carter BloodCare, we want your volunteer work to be rewarding. We have volunteer opportunities to fit any personality so each person gets the most from their experience.

We understand that not everyone is comfortable approaching others. Some volunteers prefer to do work “behind the scenes.” At our regional offices, we have volunteer opportunities that include preparing promotional materials as well as helping us get ready for upcoming events and partnerships. In addition, every one of our events needs volunteers willing to help set up and make sure everything runs smoothly.

If you are comfortable talking with potential donors, but are not sure you would be able to approach them on your own, tabling at community events and health fairs might be the right fit for you. These volunteers need to be ready to answer questions posed by passersby and those interested in getting involved with Carter BloodCare.

Maybe you’re more outgoing and are willing to jump up and down to get the attention of potential donors. If this sounds like you, you are a perfect fit for Carter BloodCare mobile drives and chamber events. At mobile drives, we need volunteers willing to recruit others to roll up their sleeves and help educate potential donors on the donation process. Working the refreshment table at mobile drives is another great opportunity to talk to donors, tell them about the Great Partners Rewards site, and make sure they know about upcoming Carter BloodCare events. Our chamber events, such as luncheons and after-hours events, are great places if you love incorporating a little business savvy into volunteering. These business-to-business events are a chance to meet others and let them know about all of the wonderful opportunities with Carter BloodCare.

Each Carter BloodCare volunteer helps us reach our goal of saving lives throughout North, Central and East Texas. So what makes a great Carter BloodCare volunteer? We are always looking for volunteers who are willing to commit at least 24 hours a year and are available to help us at drives and events year round. Our volunteers pride themselves on bringing energy and excitement to our drives and meeting new friends through their volunteer work. We have volunteer opportunities in all regions we serve, so you can volunteer in your own community.

If you are ready to find a volunteer opportunity that brings out the best in you, email Volunteer@carterbloodcare.org to sign up for our program.