Blood Drive

Our campus community has the chance to help save lives and have fun by participating in the Valentine’s Day Blood Drive.

UA Little Rock’s Staff Senate will host a blood drive on Thursday, Feb. 14 from 10 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Donaghey Student Center Fitness Center. All donors will receive a Friends themed t-shirt and one free adult admission to the Museum of Discovery.  The blood drive is open to students, faculty, and staff.

Reservations are encouraged.  Schedule an appointment online or contact Reed Claiborne at You can also complete your pre-donation health questions online in the comfort of your home or workplace the day you come in to donate. It will save you the time during screening of answering these questions when you arrive.  It is confidential.

Staff Senate partners with Arkansas Blood Institute because it is a non-profit blood center whose volunteer donors provide every drop of blood needed by patients in more than 30 Arkansas hospitals.  These include CHI St. Vincent hospitals, Mercy Hospitals, Sparks Health Care, Arkansas Heart Hospital, Jefferson Regional Medical Center and Conway Regional Hospital.  Blood is being delivered from the Fort Smith and Little Rock donor centers to hospitals in their areas.  That blood is from donors at local blood drives and other donors in the region.

Donor Express: – Saves up to 15 minutes per donor (Does not work with Google Chrome)

Donor Express can only be used for the day you plan to donate. Please encourage all donors to use it. You are welcome to walk through and answer the questions to understand the process. When you print, you will print a single page that has a barcode, so all your personal information will be secure as it allows you to answer the embarrassing, personal questions we must ask per the FDA. Also, this link doesn’t work well with Chrome, so Internet Explorer would be the best web browser to use.

Issues and Answers

  • Donors cannot be on antibiotics, blood thinners or had hepatitis.
  • If a donor has an elevated heart rate (We will give you a few minutes and a bottle of water to see if it lessens).
  • Promote and educate acceptable iron levels (#1 reason people cannot donate blood).  Tea consumption can lower your iron levels which could prevent donation.
  • It is okay to donate blood with high cholesterol, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes even while taking meds
  • It is okay to donate blood after receiving the flu vaccine
  • It is okay to donate blood taking most anti-depressants, ADHD medications
  • Cancer survivors can donate if they have been cancer free for a minimum of 1 year
  • Tattoos are ok if they were done at a licensed facility in Arkansas and a few other select states. If a potential donor received a tattoo outside of approved states, it must be a year old to be eligible to donate. No self-made tattoos allowed

Additional information can be found Arkansas Blood Institute’s website.


  • (Before donating start eating beef, lamb, liver, pork, chicken, fish and shell fish, dried fruit, green, leafy vegetables, beans, peas, nuts &, whole/multi-grains…)
  • Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. Consume several glasses/bottles of water to open up veins and promote good blood flow during the donation.
  • Avoid drinking tea a few days before the blood drive (tannic acid can interfere with iron absorption)