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Spring Blood Drive Exceeds Expectations: Three More Scheduled this Year

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Jul 8, 2010 1:00 AM

Missed the Spring Blood Drive? Mark your calendar for the next one. Quarterly blood drives at University Health Sciences will occur on July 9, Oct. 8, and Dec. 17. For more information, see www.utahblood.org.

Anyone who is in good health, weighs at least 110 pounds, is 18 years or older, and meets the screening requirements may donate whole blood every 56 days.

During the Spring Drive employees and visitors donated 75 units in the conference room by the University Hospital cafeteria, 29 units in the University Orthopaedic Center lobby, and 21 units in the sixth-floor auditorium at the Huntsman Cancer Institute.

As University of Utah Health Care grows, so does the demand for blood products for patients. In the past, ARUP Blood Services, an enterprise of the University of Utah and sole provider of blood to University of Utah Health Care, would set up shop every month in Starbucks at University Hospital. But when donations dwindled to a disappointing five units of blood for a full day of collection, ARUP asked health sciences administration how to reinvigorate the donation program. It was decided that three crucial elements needed to change: timing, location, and communication. 

 

The new, widely promoted quarterly blood drives at multiple locations appear to be working. During the Spring Drive employees and visitors donated 75 units in the conference room by the University Hospital cafeteria, 29 units in the University Orthopaedic Center lobby, and 21 units in the sixth-floor auditorium at the Huntsman Cancer Institute.  

The 125 units bolstered ARUP’s supply. “Between all of the entities we serve, we are providing an average of 2,250 units each month, and summer is the most difficult season to collect donations,” says Lance Bandley, spokesperson for ARUP Blood Services.

Lorris Betz, M.D., Ph.D., senior VP for health sciences, encourages everyone to participate. “We represent well over 10,000 potential donors in the health sciences, and we can do much more to provide our community and our health system with a healthy supply of blood.”


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