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USF fills need for blood

Leah Metcalf donating blood in the Florida Blood Services' Blood Mobiles at the University of South Florida's Tampa campus on Tuesday, April 10, 2012. (Credit: Lindsey Voltoline)

Donating blood is a quick and usually painless way to give back to the community, and the University of South Florida is playing a major role in the progression of Central Florida Blood Services’ campaign.

According to, 80 percent of all donated blood is collected on bloodmobiles, which are mobile blood donation centers.

Debbie Jones, the Central Florida Blood Services community relations manager, said that USF was the top contributor of southwest Florida in 2011 with more donated pints than any other corporate or civic organization.

“USF donated 3,461 pints in 2011, topping a list of over 100 different corporate and community sponsors of blood drives,” said Jones.

Blair Hebner, a registered nurse for Bay Pines VA Hospital, said there are many reasons why hospital patients need donated blood.

“Since I worked on a surgical floor, I didn’t see car accidents, shootings or stabbings,” said Hebner. “I did see a lot of surgical blood loss like G.I. bleeds, or anemia hematuria.”

Jones said USF has two blood drives a week, and every time the bloodmobiles park by the Marshall Center or Cooper Hall.

Library writing center consultant Haili Vinson gave blood once, and it was at USF.

“I would donate again if I could,” Vinson said. “I tried actually, after that, but my iron was too low.”

According to the American Red Cross, the blood type that is the highest in demand is type O.

The opportunity to donate on the way to class presents a simple way to contribute to those in the community who are in need.


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