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UTSA hosts blood drive June 5-6 at 1604 Campus

By Kathleen Ceresoli
Health Education Coordinator, UTSA Student Health Services

(May 30, 2007)--UTSA Student Health Services and the South Texas Blood and Tissue Center will host a blood drive 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Tuesday, June 5 and 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 6 in parking lot 8, adjacent to the Biosciences Building at the 1604 Campus.

UTSA students, faculty and staff are encouraged to donate blood. Donors will receive a Spurs t-shirt and refreshments.

Donors must bring photo identification, be at least 17 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good general health. Eat at least 4 hours before donating and drink plenty of fluids.

Help save more lives this summer -- those who give blood twice between May 1 and Sept. 30 at a blood drive associated with the South Texas Blood and Tissue Center will receive a Wal-Mart gift card. For details, visit the South Texas Blood and Tissue Center Web site.

For more information, contact Caroline Araujo, South Texas Blood and Tissue Center, at (210) 275-3935.

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Why donate blood?

  • Every three seconds someone needs blood.
  • One of every 20 Texans will need blood at some point in their lives. However, less than 5 percent of the eligible donor population gives blood. The need exists for more people to donate blood and for people to donate more often.
  • You could save as many as four lives with one single donation. Most donated blood is separated into four different components: red cells, plasma, platelets and cryoprecipitate. Red cells are used for surgical patients while plasma is used in treatment of shock and burn patients. Platelets are vital to leukemia and other cancer patients whose own bone marrow does not produce enough platelets to help the 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 in order to meet the demands of patients in hospitals in South Texas.
  • Blood donations are used for many different reasons including coronary artery bypass surgeries, hip/joint replacements, cardiovascular surgeries, bleeding ulcers, brain surgeries, auto accidents, gunshot wounds, liver transplants, organ transplants, bone marrow transplants, and sickle cell/aplastic anemia.

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