Urgent Need for Blood Donors
OMC and American Red Cross Blood Drive August 31
Ozarks Medical Center’s (OMC) and the American Red Cross will host
a blood drive Wednesday, August 31, from noon until 6 p.m., at the Willard
Hunter Classroom in the OMC Parkway Center.
The American Red Cross has issued a critical appeal for blood and platelet
donors across the country. With the nation’s blood supply facing
significantly low inventory levels, the blood community encourages individuals
throughout the U.S. to schedule an appointment to donate today.
“Maintaining a safe and adequate blood supply is critical to the
nation’s public health and a priority for the medical community,”
said Miriam A. Markowitz, CEO of AABB. “Every two seconds, someone
in the U.S. needs blood. It is indispensable and required in the treatment
of millions of patients, including individuals with cancer and other life-threatening
diseases, patients undergoing organ transplants and trauma victims.”
Summer is always a challenging time for blood centers to ensure an adequate
blood supply due to donors taking vacations and schools being out of session.
Despite the season, the need for blood remains constant and patients continue
to depend on the generosity of blood donors to meet that need. All blood
types are needed.
If you haven't donated blood before, add that to the list of new things
to do this summer. You will need a blood donor card or driver's license
-- or two other forms of identification -- at check-in. You need to be
17 years of age (16 with parental consent), weigh at least 110 pounds
and be in generally good health. High school students and other donors
18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight
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.
“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.