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28 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, January 10 - January 16, 1997 Blood Bank of Delaware joins Clinton in thanking blood donors The Blood Bank of Delaware/Eastern Shore joined President Clinton in thanking the thousands of blood donors locally, and millions nationally, who do- nated blood last year to help the many accident victims, surgery patients, and those suffering from serious illnesses. In proclaiming January as "Na- tional Volunteer Blood Donor Month," the president comment- exi, "I urge all my fellow Ameri- cans to consider donating blood. Our participation in this compas- sionate crusade can help to pro- long and save lives,giving hope to thousands of individuals and their families." During 1996, over 56,000 blood donations were made throughout Delaware and Maryland&apos;s Eastern Shore, helping over 15,000 pa- Meningitis Continued from page 26 someone with meningitis are not likely to get the infection, which is transmitted from respiratory se- cretions such as mucous or saliva. "Kids in the classroom - in an ele- mentary school - that should be OK," said Olewiler. "There's no risk from swimming in the pool, or sharing a locker..." Those infected with meningitis do not transmit the disease through casual contact. In 90 per- cent of the cases, he said, those who develop the illness did not get it from another person infected with meningitis. "The infection is sporadic; it's not an outbreak," said Olewiler. "Where did this kid get it from7 He just got it from being a kid." Those who are at the highest risk of contracting the disease are the family or household members. They should be treated prophylac- tically, or as a precaution, said Olewiler. Children from the Shields student's classes, howev- Briefly Milford to host CPR class Jan. 20 Milford Memorial Hospital will host a community cardiopul- monary resuscitation (CPR) class on Monday, Jan. 20 from 6 to 10 p.m. in room 207 of the Grier Building, located on Sussex Av- enue in Milford. Adult/Heart Saver CPR teaches participants how to do CPR and the Heimlich Manuever for choking. When the community is trained in performance of CPR, victims of sudden death - due to accident, in- jury, heart disease or other heart and lung problems - have an in- creased chance of survival. The key is to have CPR done by by- standers, family members, neigh- bors, etc., so that the Emergency Medical System (EMS) is activat- ed as soon as possible. tients who needed lifesaving transfusions in area hospitals. "We are grateful that so many caring people took the time to give blood," said Robert L. Travis, president, Blood Bank of Delaware/Eastern Shore. "For many hospital patients a pint of blood can mean the difference be- tween life and death." During the holidays and winter months, it is often more difficult for people to give blood due to busy schedules, inclement weath- er and illnesses, putting a strain on area blood supplies. 'Tm asking everyone in the community to make a special ef- fort this new year to either join the Blood Bank or encourage others to join," Travis said. "Strong continued support from the community will help us ensure er, are not at high risk so do not require prophylactic treatment. With other cases of meningitis, people who are at higher risk and may need prophylactic treatment include those who live with'the patient, young children in a day- care center environment, military recruits residing in a barracks, and college or boarding students resid- ing in dormitories. Essentially, said Olewiler, anyone who has high exposure to an infected pa- tient because of living with or spending a great deal of time with the patient should receive prophy- lactic treatment. Olewiler recommended parents be on a heightened awareness for approximately 10 days following their child's exposure to the infec- tion, but he said there is no cause to believe the disease will spread throughout a school or play-group population. "If children get a fever of 101 or higher, have confusion or show any of the other symptoms, they definitely need to see a doctor fight away," he said. By recognizing victims of sud- den death early and early activa- tion of the EMS by calling 911, a person has a much better chance of survival. CPR classes should be renewed at least once a year. Those who have had the class be- fore and have not renewed their cards in a year or more should call and set up a class to take as soon as possible. Participants will also learn how to reduce the risk of heart attack, how to recognize the signs of heat attack and how to call for assis- tance. All instructors are certified by the American Heart Associa- tion. Pre-registration is required. The fee for the course is $20. Call Milford Memorial's Training and Development Department at (302) 424-5709to register.CPR recertifi- cation area hospitals will get the blood they need." Currently, over 186,000 indi- viduals and their families in Delaware, Cecil County, Md., and Maryland's Eastern Shore are pro- tected with Blood Bank member- ship - the largest plan of its kind in the nation. For a $5 yearly fee, Blood Bank members, their spouses, and any tax dependents are covered for the cost of replacing blood in local hospitals, should they ever need it. All the Blood Bank asks in return is that members provide a pint of blood about once every two years. If a member cannot give blood, he or she can either have a substi- tute donate or pay $30 which is the cost of replacing one pint of blood. 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