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Spring into action! Donate blood.

UTSA to host Downtown Campus blood drive

By Tim Brownlee
Assistant Director of Public Affairs

(April 20, 2007)--UTSA Student Health Services and the South Texas Blood and Tissue Center will host a blood drive at the Downtown Campus from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday, April 23 and Tuesday, April 24 in the Frio Street Building Multipurpose Room (1.402). The theme of the blood drive is "Spring Into Action!"

Blood donors must bring photo identification, weigh at least 110 pounds, be age 17 or older and in good general health. Donors will receive a t-shirt, refreshments and great giveaways, courtesy of SportClips and Cheesy Janes.

The next blood drive at the 1604 Campus is 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., May 1-2 at parking lot, adjacent to the Biotechnology, Sciences and Engineering Building and Arts Building.

For more information, contact Caroline Araujo, South Texas Blood and Tissue Center, at (210) 275-3935 or Kathy Ceresoli, UTSA Student Health Services, at (210) 458-4142.

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Did you know?

  • Every three seconds someone needs blood.
  • One of every 20 Texans will need blood at some point in their lives. But, less than 5 percent of eligible donors give blood. More people are needed to donate blood more often.
  • You can help save as many as four lives with one donation. Most donated blood is separated into four components: red cells, plasma, platelets and cryoprecipitate. Red cells are used for surgical patients, plasma is used in treatment of shock and burn patients and platelets are vital to leukemia and other cancer patients whose bone marrow does not produce enough platelets to help blood clot properly. The final component, cryoprecipitate, is used to treat hemophiliacs, people whose blood lacks this vital blood clotting protein.
  • 500 daily donations are needed to meet the demands of patients in South Texas hospitals.
  • Blood donations are used for many reasons including coronary artery bypass surgery, hip/joint replacement, cardiovascular surgery, bleeding ulcers, brain surgery, auto accidents, gunshot wounds, liver transplants, organ transplants, bone marrow transplants and sickle cell/aplastic anemia.

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