Woodward, Okla. —
The surge in the flu and other common winter illnesses has Oklahoma Blood Institute (OBI) ready for ‘double trouble’.
“If you’re well, you are needed to stand in the gap for those who aren’t by attending the Woodward Community Drive,” said John Armitage, M.D., president and CEO.
The blood drive is scheduled on Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the KOMI TV Studio and at Walmart.
“With more hospitalized, the need for blood often increases,” said Armitage. “At the same time, some regular blood donors are coming down with viruses or the flu and temporarily can’t give. It can be a real challenge.”
Each blood donor at the drives will receive a hot/cold gel pack, free health screenings and Donor Rewards points. Donors can choose to forgo the gel pack and funds designated for this item will be directed to Global Blood Fund (GBF), a charity whose mission is to make safe blood available in the world’s poorest countries.
Although all blood types are needed to maintain Oklahoma Blood Institute’s typical three-day supply, those with O-negative type blood are especially encouraged to donate. According to the American Association of Blood Banks, those with O-negative blood type make up only nine percent of the national population. However, O-negative blood can be used by anyone in an emergency situation, regardless of their type.
Donors with Oklahoma Blood Institute provide every drop of blood needed by patients in Woodward Regional Hospital. Appointments to donate are not required but are available by calling 877-340-8777 or visiting www.obi.org.
* 16 year olds must weigh at least 125 and provide signed parental permission, 17 year olds must weigh at least 125 pounds, 18+ year olds must weigh at least 110 pounds.