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PV Prepares for Semana Santa: March 16 Blood Drive

March 15, 2016

Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico - As we head into the Semana Santa holidays, there is always a huge increase in the need for blood! We will have a Blood Drive to help stock the Blood Bank on Wednesday, March 16, 2016 from 8 am until 2:00 pm at Hospital San Javier Marina (across from where the cruise ships dock).

Requirements: The donor rules have been substantially relaxed! Please see them HERE. If you have any specific questions to see if you are eligible to donate, please email pamela(at)

We are setting up appointment times (very flexible) for the Blood Drive so that we don't have everyone come at the same time. If you can donate, please email me for an appointment time and be sure to include your time preference! (You must be fasting for a minimum of 4 hours, maximum of 8 hours). It's important to eat a hearty meal the evening prior to your blood donation.

The Blood Bank is ALWAYS in need of blood but even more during these busy holiday times. ALL types are needed! Please, we hope that you are able to participate!

Donor blood is tested for: Hepatitis (all types), Brucella, HIV, CBC, Chagas, Blood Type and Sub-group, Syphilis, Gonorrhea (You will receive your results as well.)

Did you know that there are health benefits as well to you, as a donor?

Regular blood donations help to keep the levels of iron in the body in check, especially in males. This has shown to reduce heart disease. Though iron is an essential element for the proper functioning of the body, excessive iron build up can result in excessive oxidative damage. Oxidative damage is the major culprit implicated in accelerated ageing, heart attacks, strokes, etc.

One time blood donation helps you shed 650 Kcal. This can aid you in your body weight control measures. However, blood can be donated safely once in two or three months and not more frequently. This will depend on your health status and your blood hemoglobin and iron levels.

And of course your donation can quite possibly save someone's life!

Please email me for questions relating to your donating blood. Perhaps you are taking a specific medication and you are not sure if that would be allowed. Please indicate a time that is convenient for you and we will do our best to accommodate this.

Thank you SO very much!
Pamela Thompson
Pamela Thompson has lived and worked in Puerto Vallarta for over 19 years, 10 of them in health care. Pamela now leads HealthCare Resources Puerto Vallarta, a local health care resource network. Her years of experience and expertise are available to you by emailing your questions to pamela(at) or by visiting

Click HERE to learn more about the health and well-being services offered by HealthCare Resources Puerto Vallarta.