Striving for repeat of successful blood drive

Feb. 1, 2012

The Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center and BCM partnered for a successful blood drive last month. Held Jan. 18 and 19 in Rayzor Lounge in the Cullen building, the Commit for Life event marked the largest BCM blood drive on record, according to Katie Nippress, donor recruitment coordinator with the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center.

Collection totaled 69 units over the two-day drive. "Since every donation helps save three lives, those units will help save a total of 207 lives in our community," Nippress said.

The next blood drive on the BCM campus will be held May 2-3 and the goal is to beat the total from the January blood drive. Everyone who donates blood, or attempts to, will receive a free T-shirt. In addition, all individuals who donate or attempt to donate through Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center in the month of May will be entered in the Family Vacation Month giveaway to win a four-pack of tickets to visit Schlitterbahn in Galveston and a Commit for Life beach pack.

Nippress encourages anyone interested in donating to save time by scheduling an appointment using Digital Donor, then pre-screening on the day of the blood drive through CFLexpress, which is a new Commit for Life benefit that allows donors to save time at the donation site by completing their health history interview in the comfort of their home or office.

Click on the CFLexpress icon on the top right corner of any page on www.giveblood.org. CFLexpress will pop up in a new window and walk you through the health history interview, which you would normally complete in the screening room at the donation site.

At the end of the interview, print your CFLexpress ticket. On the same calendar day, take this ticket to the blood drive where you wish to donate. There, the collections staff will scan the three barcodes on the ticket to retrieve your data, making the screening process faster and easier.

Look for more information on the May BCM blood drive in future issues of BCM NewsLink and on the intranet.