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OMC and American Red Cross Blood Drive June 29

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 requirements.

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.

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