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Support Our University Blood Drives
The Office of Community Relations, in conjunction with the Office of Student Life, the Office of Health and Wellness and New York Blood Center, hosts several campus-wide blood drives each year in an effort to increase blood donations and raise awareness about the New York City Area blood supply. Events are open to the public and all are encouraged to donate.
Queens Campus Blood Drives
Paul S. Lazauskas, Associate Director
Office of Community Relations
Q: Why should I donate blood?
A: The need for blood affects us all. One out of three of us will need blood some time in our lives. And one out of every ten hospital patients requires a transfusion. Donors also report feeling a great deal of satisfaction because they are helping to save up to 5 lives by giving just one pint of blood. Blood has a shelf life from 5 to 42 days and is in constant demand for accident victims, burn victims, surgery and cancer patients, and people with sickle cell anemia and hemophilia.
Q: Who may donate blood?
A: Donors must be at least 17 year's old, weigh at least 110 pounds and not have donated blood within the last 56 days. People over 75 can donate blood if they meet all criteria and present a physician’s letter. There are some medical conditions that can keep you from giving blood. The guidelines are set by federal, state and local health agencies.
Q: Do I need my parents’ permission to give blood?
A: You can donate blood at age 17. In New Jersey, seventeen-year-olds must have written permission from their parents or guardian, in New York parental permission is not required.
Q: What do I need to bring to donate blood?
A: Official identification showing proof of age, your signature, and / or your photo. If possible, bring a friend! Friends equal twice the number of donors, and help you to feel more relaxed at the Blood Drive.
Q: What do I get in return for my blood donation?
A: Blood is immediately prepared for transfusion to patients in hospitals throughout the community.
You get a free mini-medical examination including a blood pressure check.
You get an identification card showing your blood group and Rh type.
You become a member of our Gallon Club when you give eight blood donations.
Q: Is there a substitute for blood?
A: Absolutely not. The human body is the only "manufacturer" of this precious fluid - literally, the "Liquid of Life." All of the money or insurance in the world is valueless if the right type of blood is not available in an emergency.
Q: Why is it important to check the racial/ethnic background box on the donor registration form?
A: Blood types are inherited, much like eye color and hair color. A small percentage of people inherit unusual combinations of antigens. These antigens may appear in various combinations and the presence or absence of specific antigens may categorize a blood type as being 'rare'. Because blood types are inherited, certain rare blood combinations may be found in specific ethnic and racial groups.
Before donating blood I’d like to know...
Q: Is there anything special I need to do before my donation?
A: Eat at your regular mealtimes and drink plenty of fluids. Do not take aspirin, or products containing aspirin, for at least 72 hours before your scheduled appointment.
Q: How often can I give blood?
A: You can give whole blood every 56 days.
Q: What will happen first?
A: You will be asked to provide some basic information such as your name, address, age, social security number and so on. You must also show us your ID. A medical history is taken and then a drop of blood is analyzed for hemoglobin content. Your pulse, blood pressure and temperature will also be checked.
Q: How long does the donation take?
A: The procedure is done by a skilled, specially trained technician and takes seven to ten minutes. You will give a little less than one pint of whole blood. You will rest after the donation and be served refreshments. Plan to spend about an hour at the blood drive.
Q: Does the needle hurt the entire time?
A: There may be a little sting when the needle is inserted, but there should be no pain during the donation.
Q: How long will it take to replenish the pint?
A: Your body replaces blood volume or plasma within 24 hours. Red cells need about four to eight weeks for complete replacement.
Q: How will I feel after the donation?
A: Most people feel great! Donors who know what to expect and have eaten regular meals before donating are usually fine. After donating, drink extra fluids for the next 48 hours. Smokers are asked not to smoke for 30 minutes after donating.
Q: Can I donate during my menstrual period?
A: Yes, if you’re feeling well.
Q: How soon after donating can I practice sports?
A: After you give blood, you will relax and have a snack. You can then resume full activity as long as you feel well. Just avoid heavy lifting, pushing or picking up heavy objects for at least four or five hours after giving blood.
Q: What happens to my blood after donating?
A: After donation, your blood will be tested for blood type, hepatitis, HIV, HTLV , and syphilis. Then it can be used either as whole blood for one patient or to help several patients.
Q: Is it true that I can get AIDS if I give blood?
A: NO. You cannot get AIDS or any other disease by giving blood. The materials, including the needle used for your donation, are new, sterile, disposable and used only once by you for your blood donation.
Q: What is a unit of blood?
A: A unit of blood is a little less than one pint (approximately 500 milliliters). The average adult has between eight and twelve pints and can easily spare one.
The above information is derived from material published by the New York Blood Center.