For immediate release: Jan. 19, 2007

GALVESTON, Texas — The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston is asking community members to donate blood. Recent inclement weather has reduced the supply at the UTMB Blood Bank, according to Christi G. Hopkins, administrative coordinator for donor services at the blood bank “Supplies have fallen below acceptable levels,” she said.

The cold and rainy weather has made it more difficult to conduct community blood drives, she said.

The blood bank operates weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The shortage of donated blood is expected to last for several weeks. The donor room is located on the first floor of John Sealy Annex is Room 1.210.

Donating blood is a simple procedure that can take place in less than an hour. The first step to making a donation is to make an appointment with the blood bank. Upon arrival, you will fill out a donor card. A staff member will meet with you privately to evaluate your medical history, check your pulse, temperature and blood pressure and test your blood to determine eligibility.

Actually donating blood typically takes less than 10 minutes. Donors may read or watch television during the procedure. Only one pint of blood is taken and donors are offered refreshments before they leave.

For more information, or to make an appointment, please call the blood bank at (409) 772-4861.
The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
Public Affairs Office
301 University Boulevard, Suite 3.102
Galveston, Texas 77555-0144
www.utmb.edu