Blood supplies dwindle across Oklahoma due to winter weather

A blood emergency has been declared in Oklahoma. The Oklahoma Blood Institute is looking for donors.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Published: February 7, 2014

Blood supplies have dwindled in recent days, and the Oklahoma Blood Institute has declared a blood emergency across the state, according to a news release.

The institute reports having only a one-day supply to meet needs statewide.

Declines in blood donation due to winter weather have left the blood inventory critically low. 

Many school and business blood drives have been cancelled. 

“The need for donation is constant, since blood has a limited time for use,” Dr. John Armitage, the Oklahoma Blood Iistitute president and CEO, said. “The last few days we've had a decrease in the number of blood donors.  With a typical supply of three to five days, it only takes a day or two of inclement weather to put us into an emergency status.”

Donors provide blood for 144 medical facilities statewide, the release states.

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

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