The American Red Cross and University of Alabama at Birmingham will launch a four-day, campus-wide blood drive Sept. 20-23, 2011. The nation’s blood supply is low following a summer filled with natural disasters that interfered with normal blood-collection efforts. All blood types, in particular type O, are in short supply.
The UAB/Red Cross Blood Initiative set an aggressive goal to collect 10,001 units in fiscal year 2011, which ends in September. The university is only 500 units shy of achieving that goal and officials hope this drive will allow UAB to meet that milestone.
Blood-collection sites will be set up in eight locations across campus during the four-day drive.
Tuesday, Sept. 20
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. School of Nursing classroom #1027
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mobile unit in front of the School of Nursing
Wednesday, Sept. 21
8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Blazer Hall, downstairs common area
Noon to 6 p.m. Mobile unit at Blount Hall
Thursday, Sept. 22
8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Hill University Center Great Hall
Friday, Sept. 23
7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Administration Building Penthouse
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mobile unit at Administration Building
7 to 11 a.m. The Kirklin Clinic
Donors should bring a photo ID. UAB is one of the largest users of blood nationally supplied by the Red Cross. Donors can give blood up to six times a year, every eight weeks. The overall process takes about 45 minutes; 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.