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Oklahoma Blood Institute declares blood emergency across state
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OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma Blood Institute has issued a blood emergency across the state.

Officials said they have less than a one-day supply left.

OBI said many schools and businesses have cancelled blood drives because of the weather yet the need continues.

“The need for donation is constant, since blood has a limited time for use,” John Armitage said, M.D., president and CEO. “Thursday, we had more than 450 fewer donors than planned across the state.  With a typical supply of three to five days, it only takes a storm like this to put us into an emergency status.”

Authorities said donors with OBI provide every drop of blood for patients in more than 140 medical facilities throughout the state of Oklahoma, including all metro-area hospitals.

“Presently, there are adequate supplies of blood to meet the needs of patients now at the hospitals we serve but our projections for need and expected donors within the next few days cause great concern,” Armitage said.

OBI encourages all Oklahomans, age 16 and older, who are able to safely travel to donate blood this weekend.

These OBI donor centers will be open extended hours Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Ada,1930 Stonecipher Blvd.,
Ardmore, 1420 Veterans Blvd.,
Central OKC, 901 N. Lincoln Blvd.,
Edmond, 3409 S. Broadway, Ste. 300,
Enid, 301 E. Cherokee, 
Lawton, 211 S.W. A Ave.,
Norman, 1004 24th Ave. N.W., Ste. 101, 
North OKC, 5105 N. Portland Ave.,
Tulsa, 4601 E. 81st St.

Quail Springs Mall will host a blood supply recovery drive Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Donors are asked to use the lower level, southeast entrance to the mall.

“Dangerous weather conditions create a situation where the statewide demand for blood strains our supply and makes it difficult for our regular donors to travel,” Armitage said. “We’re urging Oklahomans to show their community spirit and get out and donate blood when possible.”

Donations take about an hour and can be made every 56 days.

To schedule an appointment to donate blood at any OBI site, call 1-877-340-8777, or visit www.obi.org to see a list of blood drives and donor centers.

Oklahoma Blood Institute is the ninth largest, non-profit blood center in America.  

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