Blood Drive


Hello, 6 South!

Last week on Tuesday, February 23rd through Thursday the 25th, there was a Blood Drive on campus in Bridgeway Commons and Southwest Hall. The UW-Platteville Residence Hall Association, NRHH, and Delta Sig Chapters hosted the Spring Blood Drive. I volunteered 2 hours of time to work at the Blood Drive. My duties consisted of directing people to the different steps before they actually donated blood and also talking to patients while they were donating. It was great to hear everyone tell me why the donate and why they believe it is so important. The next Blood Drive at UW-Platteville will be held in the Fall semester. Keep a lookout for information when school starts up again. Below, I have some amazing facts provided by the American Red Cross. Please take the time to read some. 🙂

Have a great day!



Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood


More than 38,000 blood donations are needed every day


One out of every 10 people admitted in a hospital needs blood


Total blood transfusions in a given year: 14 million (2001)


The average red blood cell transfusion is approximately 3 pints


The blood type most often requested by hospitals is Type O


The blood used in an emergency is already on the shelves before the event occurs


Sickle cell disease affects more than 80,000 people in the U.S., 98% of whom are African American. Sickle cell patients can require frequent blood transfusions throughout their lives


More than 1 million new people are diagnosed with cancer each year. Many of them will need blood, sometimes daily, during their chemotherapy treatment.


A single car accident victim can require as many as 100 units of blood. See more facts on blood needs for various medical treatments

Facts about eligibility


You must be at least 17 years old, weigh more than 110 pounds, and be in good general health to donate (note: eligibility requirements may vary in some states and blood centers)


A healthy donor may donate red blood cells every 56 days


A healthy donor may donate platelets as few as 3 days apart, but a maximum of 24 times a year

Facts about the blood supply


The number of blood donations collected in the U.S. in a year: 15 million (2001)


The number of blood donors in the U.S. in a year: 8 million (2001)


The number of patients who receive blood in the U.S. in a year: 4.9 million (2001)


The volume of blood transfused to patients is increasing at the rate of 6% per year (2001)


The demand for blood transfusions is growing faster than donations


Approximately 60% of the U.S. population is eligible to give blood — only 5% do in a given year


Blood cannot be manufactured — it can only come from generous donors


Shortages of all blood types usually occur during the summer and winter holidays

Facts about the blood donation process


Donating blood is a safe process. A sterile needle is used only once for each donor and then discarded


Blood donation is a simple four-step process: registration and medical history, mini-physical, donation, and refreshments


Every blood donor is given a mini-physical, checking the donor’s temperature, blood pressure, pulse and hematocrit level (red blood cells count) to ensure it is safe for him or her to give blood


The actual blood donation typically takes less than 10-12 minutes. The entire process, from the time you arrive to the time you leave, takes about an hour


The average adult has about 10 to 12 pints of blood in his body. Roughly 1 pint is given during a donation


All donated blood is tested for HIV, Hepatitis B and C, syphilis and other infectious diseases, before it can be released to hospitals


Information you give to the American Red Cross during the donation process is strictly confidential. It may not be released without your permission except as directed by law

Facts about blood and its components


Whole blood can be processed into red cells, platelets, plasma, and cryoprecipitate. The total number of units of all of these components transfused in a year is 29 million (2001)


It is possible to donate specifically only platelets or plasma. This process is called apheresis


Most donated red blood cells must be used within 42 days of collection


Donated platelets must be used within 5 days of collection — new donations are constantly needed


Healthy bone marrow makes a constant supply of red cells, plasma and platelets. The body will replenish the elements given during a blood donation – some in a matter of hours, and others in a matter of weeks

Facts about donors


The #1 reason donors say they give blood is because they “want to help others”


Two most common reasons cited by people who don’t give blood are: “Never thought about it” and “I don’t like needles”


One donation can help save the lives of up to 3 people


If you began donating blood at age 17 and donated every 56 days until you reached 76, you would have donated 48 gallons of blood, potentially helping save over 1,000 lives!


Red Cross donors are 50% male, 50% female


The American Red Cross accepts blood donations only from voluntary donors


Among Red Cross donors in a given year, 18% donate occasionally, 38% are first time donors, and 43% are repeat and loyal donors


People with O- type blood are universal donors. Their blood can be given to people of all blood types. Only 7% of people in the U.S. have O- blood type


Type O- blood is often used in emergencies before the patient’s blood type is known, and with newborns who need blood.


45% of people in the U.S. have type O (+/-) blood. This percentage is higher among Hispanics — 57%, and among African Americans — 51%


People with AB+ type blood are universal donors of plasma, the liquid portion of blood. AB+ plasma is often used in emergencies, for newborns and for patients requiring massive transfusions

Facts about the American Red Cross


The American Red Cross blood program started in 1940, under the leadership of Dr. Charles Drew


The American Red Cross supplies approximately 45% of the nation’s blood supply


The Red Cross provides blood for patients in nearly 3,000 hospitals across the U.S.


The Red Cross makes blood available to any patient who needs it — patients are not required to find donors to replace the blood they use (a practice common in Europe and some U.S. blood banks) allowing the patient and their family to focus on recovery


80% of the blood donations given to the Red Cross are collected at mobile blood drives set up at community organizations, companies, high schools, colleges, places of worship or military installations. The remaining 20% are collected at fixed Red Cross donor centers


The American Red Cross works with over 50,000 sponsors each year to hold more than 120,000 blood drives, providing convenient locations for people to give blood

United We Stand with Stan the Man!

Hey all!

So I just got back from the final United We Stand lecture series event. This event was hosted by Mr. Stan Pearson! If you don’t know of him, he is a super great lecturer plus also a comedian!

This lecture of his was all about his acronym SALSA, which stands for Supporting, Action, Learning, Striving, and Accepting. The best part of it all: we actually learned about the acronym just by figuring it out. He kept saying these five words and then we actually got up and started doing a salsa dance!!

He was a super great lecturer and I hope to see him again, and I hope you do too!!!

If you want more information about him, check out his website:

~RA Joe and Lara

Lucky Charms!

Hey 6 south!

So if you look outside your door, you’ll see some awesome new door decs! They are shamrocks! Since March is coming around, I’d thought you’d like these. Unfortunately, I goofed up and I didn’t make four clover shamrocks, but these will still give you some luck!

Warning: These are NOT magically delicious 🙂

~RA Joe


Self Defense

Hey 6th floor!

I hope you like your new bulletin board! It’s all about how to protect yourself in case anyone ever attacks you. Let me just quick remind you: you need to actually practice the moves that you see on the bulletin board, plus these are pretty basic. You will always have a better learning opportunity from someone that can actually do it.

But still look at my board! Like I said, the movements are pretty basic so anyone can learn them and with enough practice, you’ll be unstoppable!

~RA Joe


Love Who You Are <3

Good evening, 6 South!

Check out my new bulletin board by my room! Sometime we all just need a simple reminder to love who we are. I hope that these words can encourage you this week to stop worrying about what other may say or think of you and help you concentrate on loving yourself for who you are.

Have a great rest of your weekend!

~RA Lara


Curt Patrouille – United We Stand

Happy Friday Ya’ll!

Curt Patrouille, a UW-Platteville alumni, spoke at UW-Platteville on Sunday, February 21st. I am so glad that I took an hour out of my night to listen to Curt share his input on how to keep a positive outlook on life despite the obstacles that are thrown in your path. Curt was in the army for 27 plus years, he was severely burned in an accident his freshman year of college, and his mother passed away when he was only 20 years old. Even though he has had so many bumps along the way he has been able to move forward by counting his blessing. At the end of his talk, Curt left us with a quote that really left an impression on me.

“If it is to be, it is up to me!”

What does that quote say to you?

Have a GREAT Weekend!

~RA Lara

Native American Speech

Hey all!

So today I went to a Native American speaker, Mr. Jonathan Buffalo. The presentation was from 6 to 7:30 pm tonight and he talked about how his tribe (I’m not even going to try to spell it) has been in the United States for many centuries more than Europeans.

Unfortunately, his tribe did not spend much time in one place because they were always being attacked by the French or by other tribes. He actually moved all the way from above Maine, inside of Canada, down to New York, across to Pennsylvania, around the Great Lakes and through both parts of Michigan, and finally here in Wisconsin. However, after spending many years here, the French pushed them out and made them move down through Platteville and to Dubuque. It was because of their tribe that it is named Dubuque!!

Overall, he was a very inspirational speaker because he taught us alot about not giving up. At one point while in New York, their tribe had a plaque that wiped out 98% of their tribe. But the few remaining never gave up and eventually repopulated the tribe again, all the way up to about 8,000 people!