Be a hero

Feb 26, 2013 No Comments by

SAN RAFAEL, Calif. — The next and last opportunity to donate blood on campus this year is scheduled for Thursday, April 4 from 10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. in Creekside.

According to a recent Department of Health & Human Services nationwide blood collection and utilization survey, just one pint of blood donated can help save as many as three lives.  It is estimated that 4.5 million Americans would die each year without a life saving blood transfusion.

Mary Vidal, Family Nurse Practitioner in charge of the Student Health Center office at Dominican University of California, encourages students to consider donating blood. The Student Health Center conducts three blood drives per year during which they try to collect a target fifty pints of blood. Usually, they collect one pint of blood from each donor. Vidal wants the campus community to know that the process of blood donation is not strenuous. “Donors must generally be in good health.” says Vidal.  According to the organization America’s Blood Centers, donors must be at least 17 years old. Men have to be at least 5’1 height and 130 pounds, whereas women have to be 5’5 height and 150 pounds.

“You are required to eat well and drink plenty of water before the process.” Vidal explains. “Before you donate blood, nurses will check your iron levels, if it is low they usually decline your blood. “

Over the years Vidal has noticed that blood donations go down during the flu season and that it is important for new blood donors to step in and bridge the gap during the flu peak season.

Vidal also says there are advantages that come with giving blood. “One major advantage is you get to know your blood type for free since knowing your blood type usually involves money. “ She also said that blood is expensive and that donors can designate their blood to family members or friends.

“Rare blood types can save many lives since there is no substitute for blood and above all it does not cost you anything but your time. You feel really good about it. It’s a rewarding experience,” said Vidal.


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