Tahlequah Daily Press

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April 7, 2014

Blood drive April 8

TAHLEQUAH — Oklahoma Blood Institute invites all healthy adults to donate blood at the Tuesday, April 8, blood drive at the Cherokee Nation ballroom/ restaurant building, 100 Bliss Ave. Each donor at Tuesday’s blood drive, from 8:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m., will be treated to an appreciation item from OBI’s “treasure chest.”

One in every seven people entering a hospital will need blood. However, of those eligible to donate blood in the U.S., only about 10 percent do. Giving blood takes about an hour, and each donation can save as many as three different lives. Donations can be made every 56 days.

Although all blood types are needed, those with O-negative type blood are especially encouraged to donate. Only 9 percent of the population has O-negative blood, yet it can be used by people with all blood types. This makes it critical in trauma situations when time doesn’t allow for identification of a patient’s blood type.

Those 16 and older can typically donate. 16 year olds must weigh at least 125 pounds and provide signed parental permission; 17 year olds must weigh at least 125 pounds; 18  year olds and older must weigh at least 110 pounds.

Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are available by calling (877) 340-8777 or scheduling online at www.obi.org.

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