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A Mexican blood bank will receive retired Oklahoma Blood Institute bus

Oklahoma Blood Institute is sending one of its retired bloodmobiles to a blood bank in Mexico that will continue to use it to collect donations.
by Jaclyn Cosgrove Modified: November 12, 2013 at 8:02 pm •  Published: November 13, 2013
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The other option was to send the old bus off to the junkyard.

Instead, the retired Oklahoma Blood Institute bloodmobile will take a trip Wednesday morning to northwestern Mexico where it will restart its career.

“People get attached to vehicles and equipment,” Dr. John Armitage, the blood institute president and CEO said. “This seems like a great way to keep this bloodmobile going, rather than it being chucked away.

The bus is a 1991 model bloodmobile and has 400,000 miles on its frame, 250,000 on its transmission and 150,000 on its engine. And a majority of those miles were in Oklahoma.

But for the past few years, it sat unused in the blood institute's fleet facility.

That ends Wednesday morning when the bloodmobile will take a 15-hour drive to Centro Estatal de Transfusion Sanguinea in Chihuahua, stopping in El Paso to change drivers. Armitage said they put new tires on the bus and gave it a new battery and air conditioning unit, among other repairs.

The donation from the Oklahoma Blood Institute to the facility in Chihuahua was organized through the Global Blood Fund, an Oklahoma organization that organizes equipment donations among blood banks.

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by Jaclyn Cosgrove
Medical and Health Reporter
Jaclyn Cosgrove writes about health, public policy and medicine in Oklahoma, among other topics. She is an Oklahoma State University graduate. Jaclyn grew up in the southeast region of the state and enjoys writing about rural Oklahoma. She is...
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