OMC and American Red Cross Blood Drive April 20
Ozarks Medical Center’s (OMC) and the American Red Cross will host
a blood drive Wednesday, April 20, from noon until 6 p.m., at the Willard
Hunter Classroom in the OMC Parkway Center.
Red Cross blood products are being distributed to hospitals almost as quickly
as donations come in. The blood collected does make a difference in people’s
lives. 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.
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.
For more information, visit redcrossblood.org, or call the OMC Public Relations
Department at 417-257-6735.