SHREVEPORT, La. - Wasn't your typical blood drive. The School of Medicine and School of Allied Health Professions at LSU Health Shreveport partnered with LifeShare Blood Center on Tuesday to answer the call in response to the critical need for blood donations. It was a battle between the medical students and allied health students to see who could rally around their school and community to donate the most units.
Students had to schedule an appointment in advance to allow for six feet of separation and follow physical distancing recommendations. The initial response was so positive, LifeShare added a third bus to accommodate more people interested in donating blood. Also, the drive was extended from its original cut-off time of 4 p.m. because donations were still being made.
In the end, the School of Medicine finished with 33 donors compared to 25 for the School of Allied Health. More than 59 units had been donated. One donation was not declared for either school.