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This Thanksgiving Weekend, Give Thanks by Giving Blood

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Every year, many of us celebrate Thanksgiving the same way:  family, feasting and football. This year you might consider adding another tradition: giving blood! And with a new online health history questionnaire, United Blood Services donors can reduce the length of interviews on-site at a center or mobile drive to only essential follow-up questions. Donors can visit the United Blood Services website, access the interview and print out a barcoded Fast Track Donation Ticket that they must bring with them to their appointment.

"As we know, hospitals don't close for the holidays," said Steve Thomas at United Blood Services.  The blood you donate now can save someone's life. Could there be a better gift to give?"   Thomas adds, "Donating in November is a great way to start the holiday season and with the new online health history questionnaire, you can save lives and get back to eating those Thanksgiving leftovers in no time!"

United Blood Services encourages donors to give the online health history questionnaire a try for their next donation. There are some important guidelines to note, especially the fact that donors must complete the questionnaire the same day as their donation. Donors still have the option to have one of our staff members ask the health history questions, like we currently do. All donors have to do is simply request this option when they arrive to donate.

Instructions can be found online at www.UnitedBloodServices.org and by clicking the "Health History Questionnaire" link on the left. Answers cannot be saved, so donors must complete the 10-15 minute interview in one sitting. Donor data is stored only in the barcoded "Fast Track Donation Ticket" that a donor will print following the interview, so a login is not required. The online donor interview was developed by Calimex USA Corp., a software developer based in San Francisco.

People who are 16 and older, weigh at least 110 pounds and are in good health are eligible to donate blood. Additional height/weight requirements apply to donors 22 and younger, and donors who are 16 must have a signed permission from a parent or guardian.

United Blood Services has been this area's nonprofit community blood provider since 1956, and serves countless patients annually in 20 area hospitals. It is part of Blood Systems, one of the nation's oldest and largest nonprofit blood service organizations. Blood Systems is a founding member of America's Blood Centers and the AABB (formerly the American Association of Blood Banks).

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