OBU and OBI to host blood drive.

The Oklahoma Blood Institute (OBI) and OBU will sponsor a blood drive from noon to 5 p.m., on Wednesday, Sept. 18 and Thursday, Sept. 19, in Geiger Center, Conference Room 222.

Each donor will receive a blood donor T-shirt, health screenings and Donor Rewards points, redeemable for items in OBI’s online store. Through a special initiative to support the Global Blood Fund (GBF), any donor can forgo the T-shirt.  In turn, funds so designated will be contributed to GBF, a nonprofit that provides blood center technology and supplies to struggling blood centers around the world so they can meet local needs through voluntary blood donation.

 “Someone needs blood every two seconds, and since blood can only be used for 42 days, we constantly need people to donate,” said John Armitage, M.D., president and CEO of Oklahoma Blood Institute.  “This ongoing need is why we are asking Shawnee- area residents to come to this blood drive and give.” 

Although all blood types are needed, those with O-negative type blood are especially encouraged to donate. According to AABB, those with O-negative blood type make up only nine percent of the national population. However, O-negative blood can be used in any emergency situation when a patient’s blood type has not yet been identified.

Oklahoma Blood Institute provides every drop of blood needed by St. Anthony Shawnee Hospital, Angelic Family Hospice and all metro area hospitals.  Some 140 other medical facilities across the state also rely solely on OBI to provide life-saving blood for their patients.

Anyone, 16 years or older*, can typically donate blood.  Blood can be given every 56 days. Appointments are not required but can be made at obi.org or by calling 877-340-8777.