Blood Donor Program

This group is for people interested in blood donation. Every six minutes, a patient at Mayo Clinic needs a transfusion of blood or blood products. A simple blood donation can save the life of a child with leukemia, restore the strength of a cancer patient, or provide a critical transfusion to an accident victim. There is no substitute for this lifesaving gift, so patients rely upon the caring spirit of blood donors. Join the discussion and learn more about blood donation!

May 17, 2017

Radiology Blood Donation Challenge Is Huge Success

By Kimberly Schmidt, @kimberlyd

Ultra Donors Winning Team Unit Challenge

After inquiring about how to organize a department-wide Blood Donation Challenge for Mayo Clinic patients, the Mayo Radiology Department quickly formed seven teams (with very clever team names) to compete against one another in this friendly competition.

Team Champion Kate Knoll shares, "The Ultrasound Department accepted the challenge to participate in the Radiology Department-wide Blood Donation Challenge. Our department provides diagnostic exams for patients of all ages throughout the campus with a wide variety of medical needs. Our team was more than eager to participate in this challenge, as it is an easy way we can all help the patients we see every day. Participants in the challenge were regular blood donors, some who hadn’t donated in a while, as well as multiple first-time donors. A challenge such as this was a great opportunity to have a friendly competition, while helping those in need. You never know who might need the gift of blood."

At the end of the 18-week competition, the "competitors" collectively donated 137 blood products, which equates to potentially saving more than 400 patient lives.  Thank you, Department of Radiology, for hosting such a successful Blood Donation Challenge.

If your organization or work unit is interested in having a Blood Donor Challenge, contact Blood Donor Recruitment Coordinator Kim Schmidt at (507) 266-2382 or Jackie O'Reilly at (507) 284-9831.

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