The Oklahoma Blood Institute is faced with a crisis in Oklahoma Friday, a news release states.
Faced with less than a one-day supply of blood, the institute has declared a blood emergency across the state.
Declines in blood donation due to difficult travel have diminished the supply. Many school and business blood drives were cancelled Thursday through Sunday. Yet, the needs by patients in area hospitals continue, the release states.
“The need for donation is constant, since blood has a limited time for use,” Dr. John Armitage, president and chief executive officer states in the release. “Thursday, we had more than 450 fewer donors than planned across the state. With a typical supply of three to five days, it only takes a storm like this to put us into an emergency status.”
Donors provide blood for patients in more than 140 medical facilities throughout the state of Oklahoma, including all metro-area hospitals.
“Presently, there are adequate supplies of blood to meet the needs of patients now at the hospitals we serve, but our projections for need and expected donors within the next few days cause great concern,” Armitage states.
OBI encourages all Oklahomans, age 16 and older, who are able to safely travel to donate blood when weather conditions allow.
“Dangerous weather conditions create a situation where the statewide demand for blood strains our supply and makes it difficult for our regular donors to travel. We're urging Oklahomans to show their community spirit and get out and donate blood when possible,” Armitage states.
Quail Springs Mall in Oklahoma City will host a blood supply recovery drive Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Donors are asked to use the lower level, southeast entrance to the mall.
The following donor centers will be open for extended hours Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Ada,1930 Stonecipher Blvd.,
Ardmore, 1420 Veterans Blvd.,
Central OKC, 901 N. Lincoln Blvd.,
Edmond, 3409 S. Broadway, Ste. 300,
Enid, 301 E. Cherokee,
Lawton, 211 S.W. A Ave.,
Norman, 1004 24th Ave. N.W., Ste. 101,
North OKC, 5105 N. Portland Ave.,
Tulsa, 4601 E. 81st St.