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UCLA Ackerman Union Donor Center

Ackerman Union Donor Center located on UCLA Campus

Ackerman Union Donor CenterUCLA’s satellite Ackerman Union Donor Center is located at the Ackerman Union on UCLA’s campus in order to make it more convenient for UCLA staff, faculty and students to donate blood.

Approximately 100,000 units of blood are needed every year at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center and Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center and Orthopaedic Hospital. Blood transfusions help patients suffering trauma such as accidents or burns, patients undergoing surgery, women experiencing complications during childbirth, newborns and premature babies, and patients receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or other diseases.

Thousands of generous faculty, staff and students regularly donate blood to help meet these needs. Still, only 65 percent of what UCLA patients need is collected through donations, and the need for blood continues to grow.

The new 1,500-square-foot space accommodates eight donor beds. Of these, six beds will be used to collect what is referred to as "whole blood," the process most donors are familiar with. Whole blood, after its collection, is separated into its component parts – red blood cells, plasma, platelets and cryoprecipatitated AHF (antihemophilic factor) – and used in separate transfusions to help save lives. Between filling out forms, getting screened and actually giving blood, it takes about one hour to make a whole blood donation.

Bruin Penelope Vasquez donates blood (photo by Rich Schmitt - UCLA Today) Two of the donor beds will be used for donations of platelets, the part of the blood that aids in clotting – important for emergencies – and helps patients with cancer, leukemia, transplants and blood disorders. In a process called apheresis, whole blood is drawn, selected component parts are separated out, and the rest of the blood is safely returned to the donor. Since platelet donations can take up to two hours, donors sit in ergonomically designed contoured chairs, with access to computers with Internet access and a choice of movies to watch.

Patient’s lives depend on blood donors. Because donated blood has a limited shelf life, supplies must constantly be replenished.

Hero Bruin Bear.To donate blood, or for additional information, call (310) 825-0888, Ext. 2, or e-mail gotblood@ucla.edu. Drop-ins without appointments are also welcome at both centers.

Parking: Ackerman Center donors are required to pay the UCLA daily parking rate at the kiosk located on Westwood Plaza. Donors will be reimbursed when they come to the Ackerman Center. Several other parking options are available; donors should call or email for more information. Donors will be reimbursed in cash only if they paid accordingly. If the permit was paid for by Debit/Credit Card, they will need to submit a form provided by Parking Services and wait to have a check issued and mailed.

The Gayley center is located at 1045 Gayley Avenue, between Kinross and Weyburn avenues.

You'll need an appointment in order to donate platelets, please call (310) 825-0888 ext. 2 to schedule.

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