CU Alumni Director Noli dela Rita (right) and Alumni President Clifford Roa (left) turns-over commemorative mugs to Red Cross lady Doctors Emily Grace Banal and Sharon Claire Paglinawan

Capitol University recently celebrated its 41st Founding Anniversary last February 14, 2012.

The special day was duly attended by the University administration led by the President, Atty. Casimiro “Jun” B. Juarez, Jr. and Executive Vice President, Dr. Fe “Bing” Juarez.

The mass in the gym was celebrated by Msgr. Tex Legitimas and wreath-laying to the bronze marker of the late Madame Laureana San Pedro Rosales followed while the University Theater and the CU Arts Center was inaugurated.

The Capitol University Alumni Association, College of Maritime Education (CME) Alumni Association and Student Body Organization then spearheaded the Blood Letting Activity.

A total of 101 blood bags were collected in the activity with 60 of the blood donors came from the students and officers of CME and 16 from the Philippine Navy Auxiliary Group headed by Alumni Board of Director, Vierne Santi Pimentel.

Nursing students, Alumni officers and faculty also donated blood.

The Alumni campaigned for a bigger participation from the CU community and its invitees thru a series of public relations in social media.

The Alumni wishes to share 41 FACTS ON BLOOD DONATION taken from Philippine Red Cross official website:

1. What happens to my donated blood? Each unit of blood collected will be examined for 5 transfusion-transmissible infectious diseases, namely: HIV, Malaria, Syphillis, Hepatitis B, and Hepatitis C before it is transfused to patients.


2. Is it safe to give blood? Yes. The Red Cross ensures that donating blood is a safe opportunity to give the gift of life. Each needle used in the procedure is sterile and is disposed after a single use.


3. When can I donate blood? A healthy person may donate blood every three months.

4. Where can I donate blood? Philippine Red Cross – Mindanao Regional Blood Center or thru any published Mobile Blood Donation.


5. Can a person who has a tattoo donate blood? As long as the tattooing procedure was done aseptically (in a sterile manner), he/ she may donate blood one year after the procedure.


6. Are the health history questions necessary? To ensure the safest possible blood supply, all donors must undergo the necessary screening every donation.


7. What does the term “donor deferral” mean? Individuals disqualified from donating blood are known as “deferred” donors. A prospective donor may be deferred at any point during the collection and testing process. Whether or not a person is deferred, temporarily or permanently, will depend on the specific reason for disqualification (i.e. a person may be deferred temporarily because of anemia, a condition that is usually reversible).


8. If I was deferred once before, am I still ineligible to donate? If your deferral is of a permanent nature, you will be informed. Otherwise, the deferral time depends upon the reason for deferral. Prior to each donation, you will be given a mini-physical and medical interview. At that time, it will be determined if you are eligible to donate blood on that particular day.


9. What are some of the reasons for permanent deferral?
– Hepatitis B or C infection, HIV infection, Having sexual contact with a person infected with HIV, Having multiple sex partners


10. Can a person who just had tooth extraction donate blood?
He/ She will be temporarily deferred for a year.


11. If I just received a flu shot, can I donate blood?
Yes. There is no waiting period to donate after receiving a flu shot.


12. If I have a cold flu, can I donate blood?
In order to donate, blood centers require that you should be generally in good health (symptom-free).


13. Can I still donate if I have high blood pressure?
Yes, if your blood pressure is under control and within the limits set in the donation guidelines.

14. What if I’m taking aspirin or medication prescribed by my doctor?
Aspirin and Ibuprofen will not affect a whole blood donation. Apheresis platelet donors, however, must not take aspirin or aspirin products 36 hours prior to the donation.


15. What if I have Anemia?
You cannot give blood if you have anemia. However, this can often be a temporary condition.


16. How long does it take to donate blood?
The whole process of donating blood will only take an average of 25 minutes.


17. Will I put on weight after blood donation?
No. All you put on is the feeling of satisfaction because you have helped someone.


18. What other types of tests are done on the blood?
Your blood is tested to determine your blood type—classified as A, B, AB, and O—and your Rh factor. The Rh factor refers to the presence or absence of a specific antigen, a substance capable of stimulating an immune response, in the blood


19. What is the most common blood type?
The approximate distribution of blood types in the Philippines population is as follows:
O Rh-positive — 44-46%; A Rh-positive — 22-23%
B Rh-positive — 24-25%; AB Rh-positive — 4-6%
Rh-negative group — Less than 1%


20. What fees are associated with blood?
While the donated blood is free, there are significant costs associated with the collection, testing, labeling, preparation of components, and storage of blood.

21. Preparation before donating blood
1. Have enough rest and sleep.
2. No alcohol intake 24 hours prior to blood donation.
3. No medications for at least 24 hours prior to blood donation.
4. Have something to eat prior to blood donation, avoid fatty food.

22. Steps in donating blood
1. Have your weight taken.
2. Register and honestly and complete the donor registration form.
3. Have your blood type and hemoglobin checked.
4. A physician will conduct a blood donor examination.

23. What to do after blood donation?
1. Drink plenty of fluid, like water or juice.
2. Refrain from stooping down after blood donation.
3. Refrain from strenuous activities
4. Avoid using the punctured arm in lifting heavy objects.
5. Apply pressure on the punctured site and lift the arm in case the site is still bleeding.
6. If there is discoloration and swelling on the punctured site, you may apply cold compress for 24 hours.
24. Who can donate blood?

You can donate blood if you…- Are in good health;
Are between 16 to 65 years old (16 and 17 years old need parents consent); Weigh at least 110 pounds; Have a blood pressure between: Systolic: 90-160 mmHg, Diastolic: 60-100 mmHg; and Pass the physical and health history assessments.

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