POSTED: Wednesday, November 2, 2011 - 10:40am
UPDATED: Wednesday, November 2, 2011 - 3:02pm
EL PASO – Donating blood will go high tech in West El Paso.
United Blood Services plans to introduce a new computer kiosk that can match donors’ blood types to current patient blood transfusion needs. It's called “Maxine” and it will be located at the blood center at 424 S. Mesa Hills Dr.
“We’re hoping the fun character of Maxine the superhero will teach donors about the different blood components that patients need and help them make the best possible donation each time they visit us,” said Executive Director Sergio Carrasco of United Blood Services.
When donors arrive for their appointment, Maxine will ask their gender, height, weight and blood type. Then, if the donor meets certain donation requirements, Maxine will suggest a specific kind of automated blood donation tailored just for the donor.
“We track hospital blood needs every day to make sure we’ve got the right mix of blood types and blood components stocked for when patients need them,” said Carrasco, “When donors take advice from Maxine and donate specific components to meet these needs, their donations have the greatest impact for our community.”
People who are 16 and older, weigh at least 110 pounds and are in good health are eligible to donate. Additional height/weight requirements apply to donors 22 and younger, and donors who are 16 must have a signed permission from a parent or guardian.
A launch date for Maxine has not been determined.