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Jan. 3, 2007

DeGowin Blood Center Thanks Donors, Extends Appeal

The DeGowin Blood Center at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City reported today that blood and platelet donors have enthusiastically answered a plea to donate blood and platelets during the recent holiday season.

"We can't thank our donors enough for how they stepped up to the plate and helped our patients in their time of need," said Paula Dayton, the center's donor recruitment coordinator. "Our phones rang off the hook and together we successfully overcame our shortfall."

Iowa's only comprehensive academic medical center recently experienced a surge in the demand for donated blood products due to a significant number of trauma patients receiving care there.

Although the immediate crisis has subsided somewhat, the DeGowin Blood Center still has an ongoing need for all donated blood products. The constant demand for O positive, O negative and platelets continues to be a concern.

DeGowin Blood Center staff particularly encourages donors to continue their generosity throughout January, a period of time when shortages of donated blood supplies typically appear each year. The month is designated nationally as Volunteer Blood Donor Month.

"Many students, faculty and staff traditionally leave Iowa City for winter break, so the need for other donors to help our patients is higher," Dayton said. "The need for donated blood products is always present."

You may sign up to donate by calling the DeGowin Blood Center at 319-356-2058 or visiting the center's Web site at http://www.uihealthcare.com/bloodcenter.

Every two seconds, an American needs blood. Each day, patients across the country receive approximately 38,000 units of this lifesaving resource. This year alone, as many as five million patients will require blood transfusions as accident victims, people undergoing surgery, and patients receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer and other diseases.

The DeGowin Blood Center supplies blood products for patients at UI Hospitals and Clinics. Last year, there were 32,425 transfusions involving blood products at UI Hospitals and Clinics, or an average of approximately 90 every day.

You must be at least 17 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds and be cold and flu symptom free for five days to donate blood.

STORY SOURCE: Joint Office for Marketing and Communications, University of Iowa Health Care, 200 Hawkins Drive, Room E110 GH, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1009

MEDIA CONTACT: Tom Moore, 319-356-3945, thomas-moore@uiowa.edu.