UCCAI is hosting a blood drive on February 29, 2024 in Northern Utah.
We must have at least 25 people sign up this week in order to reserve our date with Red Cross.
Please consider participating and submitting your RSVP today. You are not bound by pre-registering, we just ask for your tentative RSVP in order to provide initial numbers of at least 25 to the Red Cross in order to reserve our date for this event.
More information (including location and time) will be provided in the next few months.
Thank you for your generosity...Every donation counts!
Reasons for donating blood from a Registered Nurse's point of view.
Volume and antibody profiles.
Antibody: When matching a patient for a blood transfusion, you match blood type (A, B, AB, O -/+) and antibody profile. Everyone has antibodies present in their blood. Some antibodies work well together, others do not, and the recipient will have an allergic reaction, or their antibodies will attack the donor's blood. This profile becomes more complicated with pregnancy, and each transfusion received. Chronically ill patients who have received multiple transfusions can be very difficult to match. Cancer patients require blood that is absent of specific antibodies.
Volume: We need more blood; this issue is always present in the medical industry. A higher volume of donations allows us to match those more difficult profiles.