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
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.