OMC and American Red Cross Blood Drive June 29
Ozarks Medical Center’s (OMC) and the American Red Cross will host
a blood drive Wednesday, June 29, from noon until 6 p.m., at the Willard
Hunter Classroom in the OMC Parkway Center.
“Seasonal activities that bring joy to so many can also lead to a
shortage of blood and platelet donations when regular donors become busy,”
said Donna M. Morrissey, director of national partnerships for the Red
Cross Biomedical Services. “Patients don’t get a summer holiday
from needing lifesaving blood and platelet donations and are counting
on generous volunteers to help maintain a sufficient supply this summer.”
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.
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.