UAB holds Great Summer Blood Drive

UAB and Red Cross host a blood drive to combat summer shortages.

blood drive 2The University of Alabama at Birmingham is holding a blood drive in conjunction with the American Red Cross “100 Days of Summer, 100 Days of Hope” drive. The blood supply nationwide and in Alabama typically falls below desired levels in the summer months following the disruption of regular donation patterns due to vacations and summer travel.

The UAB/Red Cross drive will be held July 7-17. The Great Summer Blood Drive begins in the UAB Hospital North Pavilion second floor atrium July 7-12 and finishes in UAB Highlands Hospital July 15-17. All blood types are needed.

Drive hours at the North Pavilion, 18th Street and Sixth Avenue North, are:

  • Monday, July 7, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Tuesday, July 8, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Wednesday, July 9, 7 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Thursday, July 10, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Friday, July 11, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 12, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Hours at UAB Highlands, 1201 11th Avenue South:

  • Tuesday, July 15, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Wednesday, July 16, 6:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, July 17, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Donors should bring a photo ID. Free parking is available in the North Pavilion parking deck and the UAB Highlands parking lot. Reserve your appointment at www.redcross.org, sponsor codes UABNP or UABHighlands.

UAB is one of the largest users nationally of blood supplied by the Red Cross. Donors can give blood up to six times a year, every eight weeks. The process takes about 45 minutes; the actual blood collection usually takes less than 20 minutes.

Blood products are used during surgery, transplantation, trauma care, difficult pregnancies and cancer treatment. It is not unheard-of for a single patient to require as many as 100 units.

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