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Medical Lab Tech Students Visit NJ Community Blood Council in Preparation for Sept. 20 Blood Drive

9/15/17


Medical Lab Tech students outside the Community Blood Council of New Jersey, where they took a comprehensive tour.

West Windsor, N.J. – Prior to the Blood Drive that will be held on Mercer County Community College's (MCCC's) West Windsor Campus on Sept. 20, students in the Medical Laboratory Technology (MLT) program got a comprehensive look at how blood banking is done in the state of New Jersey. Those interested in donating blood at MCCC can make an appointment by calling 609-570-3387 or clicking here.  More information is also available at www.GiveBloodnj.org.

Accompanied by faculty member Lisa Shave, MLT students toured the Community Blood Council of New Jersey on Sept. 7. The tour was led by Loriann Burris-Reinhardt, Donor Recruitment Account Manager. Students also received packets of information about the Blood Council's work and mission.

"Ms. Burris-Reinhardt took us through the entire collection process, starting with donor registration and the rooms where confidential donor medical history questionnaires are completed, to the area where collection of the whole blood units is done," Shave said.

The group then went to the laboratory testing area, where they were greeted by Director of Laboratory Services Jeanette Altino and Hospital Services Manager Monae Hicks. "They really showed us what goes on behind the scenes and the vital role that medical lab technicians play in the process," Shave said.

Students were introduced to the standard operating procedures [SOPs] that pertain to the importing, shipping and testing of the blood components. They were able to get an up-close look at all of the different blood components - red cells, plasma, platelets and cryoprecipitate. They were also able to witness the separation of a whole blood unit after collection through a demonstration by a lab tech who expressed the bag into both a red cell and plasma component bag.

The group's last stops were the mobile blood drive vans and the Quality Assurance department, where they discussed the importance of abiding by federal, state and accredited-body regulations. Students also had an opportunity to ask questions. They even left with souvenirs, including Community Blood Council of New Jersey tee-shirts and donor refreshment snacks.

"The blood bank staff was wonderful," Shave said. "They answered all of the students' questions. We had covered these concepts in our classroom lectures, but for students to get a firsthand look at the entire process and see the concepts put into action was a great experience. I believe it truly reinforced their learning."

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