On Wednesday, October 10, CSUSB teamed up with LifeStream Blood Bank to urge students and faculty to give more life by donating blood and platelets.
In the United States, blood and platelets are highly needed for patient emergencies. That includes burn victims, heart surgery and organ transplant patients, and those receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease.
Ericka Alvarado, Regional Coordinator Development for LifeStream stated, “we are in extreme need of blood. As of today, we only have one day’s worth of blood supply within the county of San Bernardino. We supply for 81 hospitals including Riverside County.”
Not only does LifeStream strive for blood donations but also for platelets.
“We are encouraging students and faculty today to come and donate platelets. Platelets play a big role in every hospital. They help out every patient who is struggling with cancer or just any patient that has internal bleeding,” said Alvarado.
The CSUSB nursing program also benefits from student blood drives by volunteering their time and skills.
Amber Ashley Tacderan, a student nurse stated, “After a person donates blood they have to wait in the chairs for about 15 minutes before leaving. As student nurses, it’s a good opportunity for us to see the risks that come from giving blood and possible side effects. Like soreness of the arm, nausea, and dizziness.”
There are some qualifications in order to be able to give blood that many students do not know. To donate one pint of blood, which is the equivalent of a 16 oz water bottle, each donor has to weigh at least 110 pounds and their iron level needs to be over 127.
Another qualification that hinders students on many college campuses from donating blood or platelets is recently living out of the country. CSUSB is a widely diverse campus that accepts students from all over the continent and who also participates in the Study Abroad Program.
“If you have not lived in the United States for over 3 years, you cannot donate any blood or platelets. If an individual is on blood thinners, they cannot donate,” said Alvarado.
The last qualification that hinders students to donate is the lack of motivation and word of mouth. Many students are not aware of how donating blood benefits hospitals and some don’t know when blood drives are taking place on campus.
LifeStream hosts a blood drive about every 3 months on the CSUSB campus and encourages each student who qualifies to help donate.
LifeStream Blood Bank Instagram: www.instagram.com/lifestreambloodbank/?hl=en