Blood donations at all EPCC campuses

October 3, 2017

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Students interested in donating blood can refer to page 4 for drive dates at each campus.

 

The EPCC 2017 - 2018 blood drive is back throughout the month of October on all campuses. 
EPCC welcomes all students, family members, faculty and staff to come and donate blood.

 

The only requirement is a valid EPCC ID or a picture ID. 


The process to donate blood from start to finish takes about 45 minutes. These 45 minutes are divided into 3 time periods. 


The process starts with a mini physical to ensure you are healthy enough to undergo donation.
 If you pass the physical, the next 15 minutes will be the actual blood donation. 


The United Blood Services (UBS) will draw approximately 1 pint of blood. The last 15 minutes are basically for relaxation, the UBS want to make sure the donor is feeling okay after donation.


The UBS are also able to determine your cholesterol levels, iron levels, provide you with your blood type, test you for any sexually transmitted diseases and you also receive a complimentary donor card that can be shown in an emergency.


Aside from saving lives if you’ve donated a certain amount of times, you might qualify for some extra goodies such as movie tickets, t-shirts and food. 


Donating is also important for your physical well being. 


When you donate blood, your body is able to produce new blood and better your blood flow. 


According to the American Journal of Epidemiology, blood donors are 88% less likely to suffer a heart attack. 


The blood drive has received a total of 146 blood donations as of right now, which in turn saved 438 lives. With as little as one donation, it can often help as least 3 people who are in need. 


“There is a sense of giving back to the community and it’s in the name of the college, this is El Paso Community College, everyone in the community might need blood in the future and if they receive blood, it could be possible that EPCC provided that blood,” Dr. Ron Stroud said.


Based on the UBS numbers, EPCC is the currently the No. 1 blood donor in the region and we pride ourselves on that accomplishment. 


“The president is very pleased. I think it’s good for the image of the college. It’s a way to give back to the community,” said Dr. Ron Stroud


Keep in mind that if you miss this semester’s blood drive, they will be back for the Spring 2018 semester. 


If you have any questions regarding the blood drive please contact Dr. Ron Stroud for more information at 915-831-6740.

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