Hospitals in Utah, both military and civilian, are stepping up their blood drives to help Americans wounded in the Persian Gulf war.

The Armed Services Blood Program System has been activated, said Air Force Lt. Kershaw L. Weston, chief of clinical laboratory services at Hill Air Force Base. The program has blood donor centers, a central receiving point for blood collected in this country and overseas, and shipping centers for world distribution.Hill's hospital has set up a contingency blood donor center and is holding blood drives every day from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Weston said.

"Today (Thursday) was the first day that we went to daily operations," Weston said. Since October, the drives had been held weekly.

He told reporters Thursday that the Intermountain Health Care system is also holding blood drives for civilian contributions. Hill's drives are open to anyone with access to the base - that is, Air Force and reserve personnel, dependents, civilian employees and men and women who retired from the military.

Although he is not allowed to say how much blood they are trying to collect, he said the goal recently was quadrupled.