Blood and blood products such as
platelets, plasma, and red blood cells are used for surgery,
trauma, and other life-threatening conditions. Since blood
is perishable and must be used within 42 days, The Blood Bank
of Hawai‘i encourages new and returning donors to give
Those who are needle shy are reassured that they will only
feel a slight pinch for a few seconds. Those who are concerned
diseases may be assured that a sterile needle is used for each
donation and immediately discarded.
To be eligible to donate, you must be at least 18 years old
(17 with a parent), weigh at least 110 pounds, and be in
First donors must fill out a questionnaire regarding their
medical history. Then they go through a brief physical examination
blood pressure, pulse temperature, and iron content. The whole
process takes about 30 minutes, but only 10 minutes of this involves
a needle. Afterwards, donors will rest and be served refreshments.
All types of blood are needed, but those with Type O Negative
or Positive, the type most in demand because nearly everyone
can use it, are strongly encouraged to donate.
Student Life and ASHPU are sponsoring the “I Want Your
Blood” drive on Oct. 31 (Halloween). Students can sign
up to donate blood at the Office of Student Life, in the MP building,
starting Oct. 15, but walk-ins will also be welcome. The drive
will take place on the Fort Street Mall on the downtown campus
For more information contact Student Life at 566-2428. If you
cannot make it to the blood drive, but want to donate, call the
Blood Bank of Hawai‘i at 845-9966.