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Help save a life

by Yvonne Lozano, Etcetera editor

There are 24 hours in a day, but if a person takes just 30 minutes of one day they can save a life. How? They can be a blood donor and HPU can help. It will bring the Bloodmobile to the Mall on Halloween.

There are over 1.2 million people living in Hawai‘i, yet only two percent of eligible donors donate blood. The average adult body carries 10 to 12 pints of blood, but just one pint of blood is needed to save about three lives.

 
   

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 blood.

Those who are needle shy are reassured that they will only feel a slight pinch for a few seconds. Those who are concerned about 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 good health.

First donors must fill out a questionnaire regarding their medical history. Then they go through a brief physical examination checking: 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 of HPU.

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.

 
   

 

 

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