Bad weather creates critical need for blood donations

The Oklahoma Blood Institute is in critical need of blood donations after last week's bad weather canceled half of their blood drives. (OBI)

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK (KOKH) Oklahoma's Winter Weather last week made for plenty of hazardous road conditions, closings, and cancellations throughout the state. It also brought with it a need that is critically impacting Oklahoma Blood Institute’s (OBI) supply of life-saving blood.

Dr. John Armitage, M.D., President and CEO of OBI, lays out the critical demand, saying about 1,200 donors are needed per day to maintain the regular 3-day supply of blood and urgently needs donors of all blood types to give blood as soon as they can to help replenish the supply.

OBI serves more than 160 hospitals, medical facilities, and air ambulances statewide. O-negative blood is especially necessary in an emergency situation when blood type is unknown. To donate, 16-year-olds must weigh at least 125 pounds and provide signed parental permission; 17-year-olds must weigh at least 125 pounds; 18+-year-olds must weigh at least 110 pounds.

Blood donation typically takes only about an hour and one donation saves up to three lives. Appointments can be made by calling 1-877-340-8777 or by visiting their website to find more information or the nearest location.

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