Feel Informed. Give Blood.
Since there is no substitute for human blood and supplies must be constantly renewed, the need for donation is great. About three gallons of blood is required to support the entire nation’s blood need for just one minute.
One in seven people entering a hospital will need blood. Although an estimated 38 percent of the U.S. population is eligible to donate blood at any given time, less than 10 percent do so annually.
Patients need blood 365 days-a-year, whether it’s for scheduled treatments or for emergencies. The Oklahoma Blood Institute provides every drop of blood needed by patients in some 140 medical facilities across the state.
Although all blood types are needed, people with O-negative type blood are especially encouraged to donate. Only nine percent of the national population has O-negative blood; however, O-negative blood can be used in an emergency need when a patient’s blood type has not yet been identified.
All healthy adults, ages 16 and older who meet weight requirements, are encouraged to give blood. Getting older does not make people ineligible to donate.
Donor age and weight criteria are as follows:
- 16 year olds must weigh ≥125 lbs with signed parental permission.
- 17 year olds must weigh ≥125 lbs with signed parental permission only if required by sponsoring organization.
- 18 year olds and older must weigh ≥110 lbs.
Those who feel well and can do normal day-to-day activities can probably donate. Generally, people can give blood every 56 days.
Volunteer blood donors give more than a quarter-of-a-million units of blood annually with Oklahoma Blood Institute to provide a safe and adequate blood supply.
Once tested and processed by Oklahoma Blood Institute’s medical professionals, blood and its components are transported to patients across our state. Oklahoma Blood Institute is the eighth largest, independent nonprofit blood center in the United States.