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Power Red donors make double the difference

"Power Reds allow you to give twice as much in one sitting," explained  Alli Trask, executive director of the Asheville-Mountain Area chapter of the American Red Cross. (Photo credit: WLOS Staff)

The blood is flowing from American Red Cross employee Nicole Owen, but it's no ordinary donation.

"Power Reds allow you to give twice as much in one sitting," explained Alli Trask, executive director of the Asheville-Mountain Area chapter of the American Red Cross.

"So, people who are eligible to be Power Red donors can give the extra blood and only have to come in every four months," she continued.

"It is easier for me because it's less times I have to give a year... so it's less sticks I'm getting," Owen added.

It's also more blood from the same donor for recipients, reducing chances for complications. There are other advantages, too.

The entire Power Red blood donation process from start to finish takes about 45 minutes. Many donors said they feel better doing this than giving whole blood.

"The blood is taken out of one arm," Trask said. "We only take the red blood cells. We put back the plasma, platelets, white cells, and saline into the same arm so you can actually feel more hydrated."

"I feel good after I donate double red cells," Owen exclaimed.

Plus, she says she feel better emotionally knowing she's giving in memory of an uncle who required transfusions and in honor of her mother who required blood during cancer treatment.


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