Around Campus: Texas State Blood Drive

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to host blood drive on campus

Texas State University will be hosting a blood drive on campus Wednesday, March 9, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in JC Kellam, room 1100. Blood will be collected by the Blood Center of Central Texas and will benefit patients needing transfusions.

According to the Blood Center’s website, “Donating blood is safe, simple and it saves lives.” If you’ve never donated blood before, the Blood Center has provided a step-by-step description of the blood donation process.

Step 1: Sign-in and Interview
Bring a photo ID and know your Social Security number. When you sign in, you will be asked to read some information. Next, in private, you will complete a short survey about your medical and travel history. To ensure the safest possible blood supply and be FDA-compliant, all screening questions must be asked of all donors at each donation.

Step 2: Receive a mini-physical
All donors must be in good health, at least 17 years old, and weigh at least 123 pounds. A Blood Center medical worker will check your temperature, blood pressure and pulse and perform a finger-stick to check your hematocrit (red blood cell percentage or iron count).

Step 3: Blood Donation
One of the trained Blood Center phlebotomists will collect about a pint of blood from you. Because sterile, disposable, one-use-only supplies are used for your donation, there is no risk of getting a disease from giving blood.

Step 4: Juice and Cookies
After completing a blood donation, you will be escorted to a lounge area where you can enjoy cookies, crackers, raisins and a variety of non-caffeinated beverages. Sit and refresh with a snack before leaving the donation site.

The entire process takes 45 minutes to an hour. In the hours before your donation time, be sure to drink plenty of non-caffeinated beverages and eat a good meal.

Some health conditions, medications and travel may temporarily or permanently prevent people from donating blood. Whole blood donors can give once every 56 days; this allows the body time to replenish necessary red blood cells. If you have questions, contact the operations manager at 512.206.1108 or whocandonate@inyourhands.org.

Sign up online at www.lonestardonor.com.
Sponsor code: Texas State

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