MEDIC's blood mobiles make donating easy

MEDIC's blood mobiles make donating easy

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The MEDIC mobile unit parked at Food City for its donation drive is decked out in orange for the Vols. All MEDIC needs is a few parking spaces and it's good to go. The MEDIC mobile unit parked at Food City for its donation drive is decked out in orange for the Vols. All MEDIC needs is a few parking spaces and it's good to go.
Inside, the process is pretty simple. You step inside a small room at the back of the bus to have your vitals taken and fill out a quick questionnaire. Inside, the process is pretty simple. You step inside a small room at the back of the bus to have your vitals taken and fill out a quick questionnaire.
Giving blood just takes a few minutes. You get to relax, and after your gift of life is collected, you get to grab a quick soft drink and a sugary snack to avoid that light-headed feeling. Giving blood just takes a few minutes. You get to relax, and after your gift of life is collected, you get to grab a quick soft drink and a sugary snack to avoid that light-headed feeling.

By LORI TUCKER
6 News Anchor/Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - MEDIC Regional Blood Center makes every effort to make it as easy as possible to give blood.

You don't always have to go to MEDIC. They'll come to you if you want to host a blood drive for your company.

Mobile units are an important part of MEDIC's mission. MEDIC has six mobile units in its fleet that go out every day.

The one parked at Food City Thursday for its donation drive is decked out in orange for the Vols. All MEDIC needs is a few parking spaces and it's good to go.

"We're happy to take our mobiles just about anywhere," said MEDIC spokesperson Christi Fightmaster.

Mobile blood drives make all the difference, too, since MEDIC is the sole supplier of blood to 28 area hospitals.

"Eighty percent of our blood comes from these mobile units. That's what we see in these outlying communities," said Fightmaster.

Inside, the process is pretty simple. You step inside a small room at the back of the bus to have your vitals taken and fill out a quick questionnaire.

Giving blood just takes a few minutes. You get to relax, and after your gift of life is collected, you get to grab a quick soft drink and a sugary snack to avoid that light-headed feeling.

This week MEDIC is giving out T-shirts from WATE and Star 102.1 and a card for a free appetizer at Texas Roadhouse.

They're all a way to say thank you for taking time to give.

The mobile units are self-sufficient, meaning they don't need to plug into water or electric power.

They can run about five donations at a time, and donating at a mobile location takes about the same amount of time as going to MEDIC Regional Blood Center.

Click here for more on Roll Up Your Sleeve week including a full list of donation sites.

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