The Right Care, Right Here

Top-quality compassionate medical care, close to home.

OMC & American Red Cross Blood Drive December 16

OMC and American Red Cross Blood Drive December 16

Ozarks Medical Center’s (OMC) and the American Red Cross will host a blood drive Wednesday, December 16, from noon until 6 p.m., at the Willard Hunter Classroom in the OMC Parkway Center. An American Red Cross t-shirt will be free to donors while supplies last.

This holiday season, the American Red Cross urges individuals to give something that means something – a blood or platelet donation. This simple, potentially lifesaving act can give patients in need another holiday season with loved ones.

During the winter months and especially around the holidays, blood donations tend to decline. Long holiday weekends, like Thanksgiving, pose an extra challenge when many donors are traveling to be with family and friends. The Red Cross encourages people to make an appointment to donate blood or platelets and give a meaningful gift to a patient this holiday season – the gift of life.

Blood donors with all types, especially O negative, B negative and A negative, are urged to give. Platelet donors and those with type AB blood are also continually needed.

RapidPass is available to donors and allows them to complete their pre-reading and donation questions online from the comfort and privacy of their home or office; reducing the time they spend at the blood drive by up to 15 minutes. Visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass, read the information, answer the questions, and print the pass or email it to themselves to show when they check in at the blood drive. RapidPass must be completed the same day as the donation. Donors are still encouraged to schedule an appointment online.

Double Red Cell Donation also is available to donors who meet the requirements to safely donate two red cell units rather than one. Double red cell collection is an automated process that facilitates the collection of red blood cells while the donor’s plasma levels are maintained. Several factors make this donation desirable including the use of a smaller needle, donating less often, and because of the process used, donors feeling better afterward.

“We are encouraging everyone to give. The entire process will only take about an hour. It is amazing that with just a short time out of your day, you can help save a life,” said Joan Hanff, OMC Lab Services Director.

Consider making a difference by donating blood at the next blood drive. Every 2 seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood. About 44,000 pints of blood are needed in the U.S. every day. Almost everyone will know someone in their lifetime who has the need for blood. Only 38% of the population is eligible to donate, but only about 8% of those who are eligible actually donate.

For more information, visit redcrossblood.org, or call the OMC Public Relations Department at 417-257-6735.

Related Articles