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Health Students Blood Challenge #qpsasavinglives

HEALTH STUDENTS BLOOD CHALLENGE, 27th July to 17th September!Have you donated blood before? A bit nervous about doing it? Well our amazing Pharmacy Awareness representative Stephanie is here to show you what it's all about! Check out the video for a full rundown of what donating blood entails. Check your eligibility, then sign up here: http://www.donateblood.com.au/health-students-blood-challenge or call 13 14 95. Or join QPSA at one of our group donations, dates coming soon!Not only will you be saving three lives, but if you post a photo on social media with the hashtag #qpsasavinglives you'll go in the draw to win a QPSA hoodie and some Red Cross merch!

Posted by Queensland Pharmacy Students' Association - QPSA on Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Stephanie Samios from UQ QPSA giving blood

 

If you haven’t heard, there is a current shortage of O-negative blood, but why is this important?

Because O-negative blood is known as the “universal” blood type, which can be transfused to almost any patient in need, but only 9 percent of the population has it. In particular, it is given to patients in emergency situations or when their blood type is unknown.

Queensland is now in a situation where we need to get over 3,000 people to donate in the next fortnight to replenish the supply at an okay level.

How did it happen?

As you might have heard or even experienced first hand (unfortunately I have), it has been a record-breaking flu season. Unfortunately, this has meant many people have been cancelling their appointments to give blood and more people have been needing blood.

So get out and get giving, even if you do not have O-negative blood. You can still save many lives.

 

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