2 blood drives scheduled

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SAN ANTONIO, Texas – The South Texas Blood & Tissue Center (STBTC) will be one of the first blood banks to use the VeinViewer® Flex, a product of Christie Medical, to help make blood donations more comfortable for young donors.
 
The VeinViewer® Flex is a small instrument that projects near-infrared light that is absorbed by blood and reflected by surrounding tissue. The image is projected digitally in real time directly onto the surface of the skin. While the tool is not new technology and is currently utilized in hospital settings, it is new to the blood banking industry.
 
STBTC will have a VeinViewer® Flex at all high school blood drives to help young blood donors have a more positive and comfortable donation experience.
 
The following blood drives are scheduled in Cuero: from 1-3:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26 at Mount Vernon Mills, 202 Gazzie St. and from 1-4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 30 at the City of Cuero, 212 E. Main St.
 
Donors must present identification. Anyone who is 16 years old weighing 120 pounds (with parental consent form), or at least 17 years old weighing 110 pounds and in good general health may donate blood. All donors receive refreshments, a mini-physical and are encouraged to eat before and after donation. Learn more about blood donation at www.southtexasblood.org or call 800-292-5534.
 
— From a press release
 
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