January 20, 2012
Blood Donation Awareness
One unit of blood can save up to three lives —American Red Cross
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Red Cross sets higher goal for blood donation
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Get a good night of sleep. Eat healthy. Avoid fatty foods and eat an iron-rich diet. Hydrate. Drink an extra 16 oz. of water before the donation.
MHCC Student Activities Board (SAB) will run a Red Cross Blood Drive from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday (Jan. 24 and 25) in the College Center and has set a goal to collect 132 units of blood. Teresa Vega, SAB’s Wellness Program Coordinator, said the goal was set high this term because of the success from last term’s drive. One unit of blood is about one pint. The blood drive occurs three times a year for the fall, winter and spring terms. Last term ASG ran the drive Oct. 19 and 20 and the Red Cross set a goal for 77 units of blood over both days. The drive attracted 107 donors during the two days but 14 were deferred due to eligibility issues. They collected 87 pints of blood, exceeding their goal by 10 pints. Vega encourages students to participate either by donating blood or volunteering at the blood drive. “I would like to see more students on campus be involved with ASG activities and important events such as
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A Blood Drive volunteer will help you register. A conﬁdential health history and mini-physical will determine if you are eligible. Donate. It should take about 10 minutes. After the donation, you receive free snacks and drinks and rest for about 15 minutes before resuming your day.
Salt Lake City, Utah — In June 2008, Brian Jolley’s wife (name undisclosed) recieved blood after she underwent two procedures of dilatation and cuttrage (D&C) and experienced blood loss for over a day. Jolley said they were expecting twins, and this was their third second-trimester miscarriage in a row. “The availability of blood that day was a rare bright spot in an otherwise very dark and painful time,” he said in an email.
What to bring
Photo ID List of any medications you are currently taking Wear comfortable clothes that can easily expose your arms A friend (optional)
Hydrate, again. Replenish the ﬂuids you lost during the donation. Avoid exercise, heavy lifting and other strenuous activities for a day or two.
Blood type superstition Eastern Asian countries, notably Japan and South Korea, have blood-type superstitions similar to astrological signs in America. Just about everyone in Japan knows their blood type since it is checked at birth. Blood-type horoscopes are often found in women’s magazines for relationship, job, and other compatibilities and many believe it to be the basis of different personalities. Last July, Ryu Matsumoto, a Japanese politician, resigned after a problem caused by him making offensive remarks about the tsunami and earthquake victims. He blamed his actions on his blood type, which is B, to which he said that it makes him “irritable, impetuous and my intentions don’t always come across,” at a press conference for his resignation. Information from JapanVisitor.com
the blood drive,” said Vega. She also added that the top reason prospective donors get deferred are because of iron deﬁciency. She encourages students to eat a full, healthy meal before giving blood. People may schedule an appointment to donate at www. givelife.org with the sponsor code (mhcc) or they can sign up at the SAB ofﬁce in the College Center or email Vega. Walk-ins on the day of are also welcome, but there is no guarantee if appointments are ﬁlled up. There are three types of volunteers: registration, escort and canteen. A registration volunteer greets donors, checks them in, assists walk-ins and helps with scheduling. An escort donor walks around campus to recruit donors on the day of the drive. A canteen volunteer serves drinks and snacks after donors have given blood and chats with them for a few minutes to make sure they are ﬁne before leaving. People interested in donating or volunteering at the blood drive may contact Vega for more information. Vega’s email is email@example.com and her ofﬁce phone number is 503-491-7642. People may also visit her ofﬁce in the SAB ofﬁces in the College Center.
Dogs can donate, too Although the Red Cross Blood Donation is collecting blood for humans, canines can also donate blood at designated veterinary clinics as well. DoveLewis in Northwest Portland and Veterinary Center of America - Northwest Veterinary Specialists (VCANWVS) in Clackamas run blood banks for dogs. Each location has its own requirements but both only take donations from dogs since cats require sedation and special care, so cats are limited to employee pets under proper care. According to VCA, a unit of blood can help up to four animals. Volunteered pets also receive a full physical exam among other veterinary care and treats and toys. However, DoveLewis states that it cannot be the pet’s regular service provider. A full list of requirements and complete information can be found at vcaspecialtyvets.com and dovelewis.org.
Blood type personalities
O A B AB
trendsetter, loyal, passionate, self-conﬁdent, independent, ambitious, vain, jealous calm, patient, sensitive, responsible, overcautious, stubborn, unable to relax individualist, dislike custom, strong, optimistic, creative, ﬂexible, wild, unpredictable cool, controlled, rational, sociable, popular, critical, sometimes standoﬃsh, indecisive