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OMC & American Red Cross offer Double Red Cell Donation

OMC and American Red Cross offer Double Red Cell Donation

Ozarks Medical Center’s (OMC) and the American Red Cross will host a blood drive Wednesday, June 24, from noon until 6 p.m., at the Willard Hunter Classroom in the OMC Parkway Center.

Now available at the Red Cross Blood Drive is the Double Red Cell Donation. Donors who meet the requirements can 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.

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