Bloodmobile taking pints Tuesday
August 10, 2005
What began as a blood drive for government employees in Aspen has been opened to the public in hopes of maximizing the efforts of the St. Mary’s Bloodmobile when it rolls into town.The specially equipped RV will be parked in front of the Pitkin County Clerk and Recorder’s Office at 530 E. Main St. in Aspen from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, according to an announcement by Pitkin County.Anyone who weighs at least 112 pounds, is in generally good health and at least 18 years old can donate blood, the county statement says.Seventeen-year-olds must have parental permission in writing, and senior citizens ages 75 and older should have a doctor’s permission.Donors should eat a normal meal four to six hours beforehand. They must feel well and healthy, and not have any cold or flu symptoms. Donors will be required to fill out a form and receive a mini-physical, which includes monitoring blood pressure, temperature, pulse and hemoglobin level. The entire process takes 20 to 30 minutes from registration to refreshments afterward.Blood donors may drop in, but to avoid a wait you are encouraged to make an appointment with Pitkin County Human Resources specialist Connie Overton at 429-2791.Questions about blood donation may be answered by calling St. Mary’s Blood Center at 970-244-2555, option 1.