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UTSA to host blood drive July 13-14

(July 12, 2005)--The South Texas Blood and Tissue Center (STBTC) encourages all eligible donors to visit a blood drive or blood collection facility as soon as possible.

The blood supply has reached a critical stage with less than 1,000 units on the shelf. While type "O" blood is most required, all blood types are needed.

UTSA will sponsor a blood drive from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, July 13 and Thursday, July 14 adjacent to the University Center at the 1604 Campus.

"The entire country is experiencing extremely low levels of donations and high needs for blood, which are rapidly depleting supplies," said Dr. Norman Kalmin, STBTC president/CEO and medical director. "Local hospitals have expressed concern and may have to start canceling non-emergency surgeries. Non-emergency surgeries may include an organ transplant or a heart by-pass surgery. Anytime we reach such a critical level, we look closely at our preparedness to respond to national security issues."

Anyone 17 years or older who weighs at least 110 pounds and is in good, general health may donate blood. All donors must present photo identification. Donors should eat at least four hours before their donation and drink plenty of fluids, such as water and fruit juice, before and after donating.

For more information, contact Kathy Ceresoli, student health services, at (210) 458-4142.

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