Blood Drop

UTSA hosts Downtown Campus blood drive April 3

By Adi Pavlovic
Student Writer, College of Liberal and Fine Arts

(March 30, 2006)--UTSA Student Health Services will host a blood drive from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday, April 3 at the Frio Street Building Multipurpose Room (1.402) on the Downtown Campus.

UTSA students, faculty and staff are encouraged to participate. All you need to bring is photo identification.

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 UTSA blood drive is a great opportunity to do something great for the community.

If you donate blood, you might help save four lives. Most donated blood is separated into four 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 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.

For more information, contact Health Education at (210) 458-4142 or Melissa Escobedo, South Texas Blood and Tissue Center, at (210) 731-5555, ext. 1309.

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