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OMC and Community Blood Center of the Ozarks Blood Drive June 21

Every Two Seconds, Someone Needs Blood

OMC and Community Blood Center of the Ozarks Blood Drive June 21

Ozarks Medical Center’s (OMC) and the Community Blood Center of the Ozarks will host a blood drive Wednesday, June 21, from noon until 6 p.m., at the Willard Hunter Classroom in the OMC Parkway Center.

When you roll up your sleeve to share your good health with someone in need, you begin a unique story that can only be told with your selfless act of giving. Whether it's the story of what prompted you to begin giving blood, what motivates you to continue, or the story of the patient on the other side ... every drop tells a story.

CBCO is the exclusive provider of blood and blood products to 40 hospitals in a 39-county area comprising Southwest Missouri, Northwest Arkansas and Southeast Kansas. More than 60,000 donations of blood are required each year to meet the transfusion needs of our friends and neighbors.

If you have never given blood before, here’s what to expect:

Before the Donation

A donor registration form is completed each time you donate blood. The form includes personal information and a health history.

A confidential screening with a CBCO Donor Room Services professional includes a mini-physical. Your blood pressure, pulse, temperature, and hemoglobin (iron level) are checked.

The Donation

You will be asked to lie back and relax on a donor bed. The arm from which you will donate is cleansed with an antiseptic and a sterile, single use needle is inserted to begin the actual blood donation. During the donation process (5-10 minutes) you will give about one pint of blood.

After the Donation

Following your donation, you will receive refreshments to help replace the fluids lost during the donation process. When you donate at OMC, you may schedule your next donation appointment before you leave. Appointments are not necessary, but they help us manage our daily blood supply and blood center staffing. They’ll also help us keep your donation time to a minimum.

Some additional tips to help ensure a great experience:

· Eat well for the next 24 hours;

· Increase your fluid intake for the next 24 – 48 hours;

· Do not use tobacco products for 30 minutes;

· Do not lift heavy objects or engage in strenuous activity for at least 2 – 4 hours;

· Leave your bandage on for about two hours.

“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 had 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 www.cbco.org, or call the OMC Public Relations Department at 417-257-6735.

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