Northwestern blood drives hope to decrease blood shortage

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Northwestern blood drives hope to decrease blood shortage

February 4, 2011

With the decline in donations due to recent winter weather, the Oklahoma Blood Institute (OBI) has declared a blood emergency with less than a one-day supply. Northwestern Oklahoma State University wants to help OBI with the blood shortage and encourages all healthy donors to give blood at Northwestern-Woodward on Wednesday, Feb. 9, and Thursday, Feb.10, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Other drives will be held at Northwestern-Enid on Feb. 22 in the Commons Area from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and at Northwestern-Alva on Feb. 23-24 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Ranger Room.

Donors will receive a pair of OBI fleece gloves, free health screenings and Donor Rewards Points.

Although all blood types are needed to maintain OBI’s typical three-day supply, those with O-negative type blood are especially encouraged to donate. According to the American Association of Blood Banks, those with O-negative blood type make up only 9 percent of the national population. However, O-negative blood can be used by anyone in an emergency situation, regardless of their type.

Blood donations can be made every 56 days.

For more information about the Northwestern-Woodward blood drive, contact Joy Radke, campus secretary/events coordinator, at (580) 254-2509 or kjradke@nwosu.edu. For the Enid blood drive, contact Lori Coonrod, student services coordinator, at (580) 213-3147 or lacoonrod@nwosu.edu, and contact Denise Bay, special events coordinator, at (580) 327-8178 or dhbay@nwosu.edu for the Alva drive.

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