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February 12, 2014

Blood donors answer the call

NORMAN — As of Tuesday afternoon, the Oklahoma Blood Institute had an adequate supply of blood needed by patients in the 140 hospitals it serves across the state.

Since Jan. 30, OBI had faced critical lows in its supplies due to several winter storms and the resulting decline in donations.

“We have seen a strong response from kind-hearted blood donors who have come to our donor centers and blood drives the past few days,” said John Armitage, M.D., president and CEO. “That Oklahoma standard has shown bright once again, helping us restore a sufficient supply.”

Armitage said weather is not the only factor affecting donor turnout now.

“We are also seeing the impact of the cold and flu season. Some who usually give cannot due to illness, so we need those who are feeling well to stand in the gap for them,” he said.

Residents who are 16 and older and healthy are eligible to donate every 56 days. Sixteen-year-olds must weigh at least 125 and provide signed parental permission; 17-year-olds must weigh at least 125 pounds; and those 18 or older must weigh at least 110 pounds.

Appointments are not necessary but can be made by calling 877-340-8777 or visiting obi.org.

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