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Blood donations urgently needed at University Hospital

University Hospital is putting out a call for blood donations and would appreciate it if you could share this with your audiences.

We are currently at low levels of platelet and Type O blood supplies, and if we do not get significant donations we will reach critically low levels today.

We are not to the point of rescheduling surgeries yet, but are very concerned about the low inventory – particularly if there is a trauma case or an emergency maternity case that uses very large volumes of blood.

Donations are scheduled online here or you can call 210-358-2812 to schedule an appointment. Donations are scheduled to maintain distance and eliminate crowding in observance of COVID-19 prevention protocols.

Dr. Leslie Greebon, University Health System medical director of transfusion services, can be available for interviews this afternoon between 1:30 and 3 p.m.

People who are unable to donate at University Hospital today can schedule any time – the blood supply is more of a pipeline than a bank so a steady supply of frequent donors helps ward off these situations. Your donations will also be needed next week, in six weeks and six months from now!

Every blood and platelet donation to University Hospital is used at University Hospital. However, if people are unable to come to the hospital to donate, they can donate at South Texas Blood and Tissue Center, which contributes to the regional blood supply.

Schedule your donation by visiting DonateBloodToday.com

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