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Urgent Appeal for Blood Donations to Help our Neighboring State of Oklahoma

Urgent Appeal for Blood Donations to Help our Neighboring State of Oklahoma

This week's winter weather blast has dealt a heavy blow to the Oklahoma Blood Institute.

Now, that puts them in a position where they need to pull themselves out of the slump while maintaining regular levels.

Due to this critical need for blood, Coffee Memorial Blood Center has extended its hours at our donor center to remain open until 6:00 pm on Friday, February 23 and until 4:00 pm on Saturday, February 24.

Here in Garvin County the effort starts with OBI blood drives next week.

Bryce Collins said, "I know the Red Cross has struggled over the last month or so to get the amount of units of blood they needed due to inclement weather so we encourage everyone to come out and participate".

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"The urgency for patients is going to continue for the next several days until our inventory rebounds", said Dr. John Armitage, president and CEO of the Oklahoma Blood Institute.

ABI provides blood for more than 40 hospitals statewide, including CHI St. Vincent Hot Springs, UAMS, Baptist Health Medical Center and Arkansas Heart Hospital.

O-negative blood is especially necessary in an emergency situation when blood type is unknown.

"Being able to carry and administer blood enhances patient care and ultimately helps improve patient outcomes".

Blood donation typically takes only about an hour and one donation saves up to three lives.


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