By Lt. Tom Mattson, AA/Public Information Officer
North Kern State Prison
North Kern State Prison employees asked, “What does everybody have and everybody need?” The answer is, blood. In the course of a year, NKSP staff has donated over 225 units.
Acting Warden Kelly Santoro said she was proud of the prison employees for generously donating blood and helping hospitals keep a ready supply on their shelves.
The blood bank was also appreciative.
“In the years NKSP has participated in the donor program, over 275 employees have signed up to donate blood, 125 were new to the program and over half of the new donors have continued to donate,” said Tracy Hunter, Account Manager for Houchin Blood bank. “Those are super numbers.”
The blood bank’s website urges people to regularly donate since the supply quickly runs low.
“Everyday there is a medical emergency in someone’s life in which blood is crucially needed. One out of 10 people who enter the hospital will need a blood transfusion. Because blood has a shelf life of only 42 days, supplies must be replenished regularly,” the website states. “This is why people need to donate every 56 days.”
NKSP has acknowledged the importance of donating, according to officials.
The entire blood-donation process takes 20-30 minutes. The actual donation of a pint of whole blood takes 10-15 minutes. However, the time varies slightly with each person depending on several factors including the donor’s health history and attendance at the blood drive.