The blood drive at Stevenson University in September was a roaring success. Over 60 units were collected and 2 units were double red cell donations. In total, these donations have the potential to save 180 lives. A unit of blood consists of 450 mls of fluid and when centrifuged, it can be renewed into many products: packed red cells, plasma, platelets, clotting factors, and white cell derivatives. Students in the Medical Laboratory Science Program learn about blood types, compatibility testing (matching ABO and Rh), emergency transfusion and handling and processing components for specific patient or surgical needs. Laboratory personnel in the Blood Bank / Transfusion Medicine areas work under extraordinary pressure at times as the situation with blood needs can quickly escalate – trauma victims, blood loss during surgery, patients with anemia, leukemia or kidney disease are all reasons someone would need blood. Blood Bank and Transfusion Medicine are taught in the Medical Laboratory Science Program. Want to explore being part of a vital medical team that provides this service to patients? You and the Medical Laboratory Science Program at Stevenson University- a perfect match!