Donors pump up blood supply

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OKLAHOMA – As of Friday morning, Oklahoma Blood Institute is again adequately prepared with blood supply for the 140 hospitals it serves across the state.

Since Thursday, Dec. 5, OBI had faced a blood emergency with less than a one-day supply available.

“We have seen a strong response from patient and kind-hearted blood donors who have lined up in our donor centers and at blood drives this week,” said John Armitage, M.D., President and CEO.  “That Oklahoma standard has shown bright once again, helping us restore a sufficient supply. We thank all who have made giving a priority.”

Due to its limited time for use, maintaining a three-to-five day blood supply is deemed appropriate by Oklahoma Blood Institute and other blood centers across the nation.  More would result in the personal gift of blood donors going unused before expiration.