DeGowin Blood Center

Superhero donating blood

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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Help us prevent the spread of COVID-19 by donating safely:

  • Stay 6 feet from other people. That’s two arm lengths away.
  • Wear a mask.
  • Monitor your health. Watch for symptoms and track your temperature. Don’t come in if you don’t feel well.

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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Calling All Heroes

The DeGowin Blood Center is a hospital-based blood center that collects blood for University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics and University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital patients.

Each week more than 450 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.

Blood donors are welcome at the Blood Center in the hospital (Elevator B, Level 2) or at a DeGowin blood drive in the community.  Walk-ins are accepted but appointments are preferred.