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Dec. 19, 2006

DeGowin Blood Center Issues Special Plea To Donors

The DeGowin Blood Center at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City issued a special plea today to blood and platelet donors.

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

The DeGowin Blood Center has an ongoing need for all donated blood products, but the shortage of O-positive and O-negative blood, as well as platelets, is especially critical now. Staff is particularly concerned about the current shortage because it is occurring just before the Christmas holiday week, a time when shortages of donated blood supplies typically appear each year.

You may sign up to donate by calling the DeGowin Blood Center at 319-356-2058 or visiting the center's Web site at

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, due to accidents, surgery and 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 more than 32,000 transfusions involving blood products at UI Hospitals and Clinics, or an average of nearly 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.

University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine and UI Hospitals and Clinics and the patient care, medical education and research programs and services they provide. Visit UI Health Care online at

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,