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UMC summer blood drive in response to shortages

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

From UMC Health System:

WHO:            UMC Health System has partnered with South Texas Blood & Tissue Center to host a blood drive at South Plains Mall for the Lubbock medical community. Blood shortages caused by a record number of blood drive cancellations are threatening patient care.

 

WHAT:          As hospitals resume non-emergency surgeries, the need for blood continues to grow. But blood drives are being canceled because of COVID-19 restrictions, as organizations deal with new coronavirus guidelines and staff working from home.

To thank donors for coming out to give, STBTC will provide free COVID-19 antibody testing for all blood donors at this drive. Results will be mailed to donors within 14 days.

Donors will also receive an eGift card of their choice from our donor store, along with a gift card for a free movie and small popcorn to Premiere Cinemas.

Donors can make an appointment by calling 210-731-5590 or visiting SouthTexasBlood.org/Lubbock. All blood donations are by appointment only.

 

COVID-19’s impact on the blood supply:

• Normally, blood drives represent 70% of the blood provided to hospitals.

• Pre-COVID-19, businesses and organizations held an average of 8-10 blood drives every day. This month, there are only 1-2 drives a day; some days there are none.

• More than 200 drives have been cancelled this summer, representing more than 6,000 units of blood.

• Blood shortages put all patients at risk, particularly cancer patients, people involved in accidents and mothers going through childbirth. Blood is also needed for patients undergoing critical surgeries, including transplants.

 

WHEN:        Saturday, June 27,

         11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

 

WHERE:       South Plains Mall (by Men’s Dillard's)

6002 Slide Road, Lubbock, TX 79414

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