Blood, Tissue, Organ, and Body Donation

The UI DeGowin Blood Center is in need of O positive and O negative whole blood donors. If you are eligible, consider scheduling an appointment at the blood center or donating at one of our blood drives outside of the hospital.

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COVID-19 plasma study

Patients who are severely ill with COVID-19 may benefit from receiving plasma infusions from donors who have recovered from the disease and are proven to no longer be infected.

DeGowin Donor Center has a program to obtain plasma from patients who have recovered from COVID-19 and are willing to donate plasma to treat seriously affected COVID-19 patients. This plasma has antibodies against the virus which may be beneficial to patients who have active disease.

How to participate

Subjects who have confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19 AND have been asymptomatic for 14 or more days may be eligible to participate.

Subjects who feel they have recovered from COVID-19 but did not have their diagnosis confirmed by lab testing may also be eligible, if they had close personal (lived with) contact with someone who was confirmed to have COVID-19.

For these subjects to participate they would need to be asymptomatic for 28 days and then be tested for COVID-19 antibodies.  If positive they may be eligible to donate plasma.

If you or someone you know falls into either of these categories and is interested in the study please contact us at PathologyCP@healthcare.uiowa.edu or call our study coordinator at 1-319-678-7922.

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Blood Donation

The DeGowin Blood Center is a hospital-based blood center that collects blood for University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics patients.

Each week more than 600 blood products are transfused at the hospital. Cancer patients, surgical patients, premature infants, people being treated for accident and trauma, recipients of marrow and organ transplants, and patients with diseases such as sickle cell anemia and hemophilia all depend on donated blood as part of their care.

Your blood donation will take about 45 minutes. You can make an appointment, stop by for a donation, or donate at one of the DeGowin Blood Center drives in the community.

Call 1-319-356-2058 to set up an appointment. If you would like to sponsor a blood drive for your organization, call 1-319-356-8327.

Bone Marrow Donation

When people are faced with a life-threatening illness requiring a marrow transplant, they turn to a national registry that lists possible matches for a successful marrow transplant.

The University of Iowa Marrow Donor Program tests your blood and profiles your bone marrow make up for listing on the national registry. Later, should you be selected as a donor match, you would undergo minor surgery to collect bone marrow and stem cells. You will be unconscious and under general anesthesia, while bone marrow is removed from your hip bone.

For information about registering with the Iowa Marrow Donor Program, phone: 1-800-944-8220.

Organ Donation

You can do a few things now so your family and friends know you are willing to be an organ donor:

  1. Talk to your family and friends and let them know that this is something you want to do in the event something happens to you.
  2. Register to be an organ and tissue donor through the Iowa Donor Network.
  3. Put a 'yes' on your driver's license when you renew your license. This act provides legal consent for organ, tissue and eye donation in Iowa, it indicates your desire to be an organ donor and is a guide to the medical staff and family at the time that something happens.

The Deeded Body Program

Students from a variety of healthcare disciplines benefit from the generosity of individuals who donate their bodies to the Deeded Body Program.

A person must formally register for this program. Documentation includes a brief medical history and a deed of disposition signed by the donor and two witnesses.

An embalmed body is used for 12 to 18 months before studies are completed. When studies are completed the program will comply with the wishes of the next of kin or person responsible for the donor's affairs regarding final disposition.

To receive application information, contact the Deeded Body Program, Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology, Bowen Science Building Iowa City, Iowa 52242 or phone 1-319-335-7762.