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Our life-saving mission extends beyond providing blood for those who need it. We also provide important personal health screenings that are convenient for donors and beneficial as they maintain overall health.
All donors receive mini-physicals to ensure they are healthy enough to donate blood. This includes
We report blood pressure and cholesterol results to each donor by mail and on this website.
Each time a person donates, our standard testing of blood is performed to help donors monitor their health as well as to protect recipients, making sure they receive the safest possible blood. A list of these tests with descriptions can be found at the end of this page.
In addition, donors may choose to purchase a fasting lipid panel and/or screening for prostate specific antigen (PSA). Results of these tests are made available in the Donor Connect section of our website approximately 72 hours after collection and will be mailed approximately one week after collection.
Click on the test name below for a short description.
O-negative blood is the universal blood type because any patient can receive this type of blood, regardless of their blood type.
It is critical that O-negative donors donate regularly since only 9% of the population has this blood type, and can only receive this same blood type.
Having O-negative blood available is vital because it can be used by any person in the 140 medical facilities we serve who may be in urgent need but whose blood type hasn’t yet been identified.
Imagine if a family member, friend or co-worker was in urgent need of blood. Donating every 56 days, and encouraging others with O-negative blood type to do the same, ensures your loved ones would receive the life-saving blood when they need it.
Every year, more than 14,000 patients are diagnosed with blood cancers or other blood diseases. For them, the only hope of a cure is a blood stem cell or marrow transplant from a matching volunteer donor.
Only 30% of patients who need of a transplant have a matching donor in their family. So, 70% depend on our partnership with Be The Match®, part of the National Marrow Donor Program®, to find a donor.
Who Needs It?
People battling leukemia, lymphoma, sickle cell anemia and other blood diseases may need transplants. Their only hope for a cure is to find someone with the same tissue type who is willing to donate to them. Unfortunately, some die before they get that match simply because of a lack of volunteers on the Registry.
What Can I Do To Help?
It’s as easy as 1 - 2 - 3!
Register to be a committed, life-saving donor. Follow these 3 simple steps:
1. Be 18-44 years old and meet health guidelines and commit to donate to any patient in need.
2. Complete registration form at a registry event or online.
3. Swab, your cheeks, and you’ll be registered to save a priceless life!
What Happens If I’m a Match?
If, in the future, you’re a suitable match for a person who needs a transplant, you will be contacted. Depending on what’s ultimately best for the person, you will donate either blood stem cells or marrow.
The majority of the time, donors give blood stem cells at our Oklahoma City center. It’s a process very similar to a blood donation such as platelets or plasma.
Occasionally, a marrow donation is requested. Anesthesia is used while marrow is drawn from the hip area. The donor may experience some short-term discomfort afterwards.
How Do I Hold a Marrow Registry Event?
Host a registration event to offer other people the opportunity to become life-saving donors. The more people on the Registry, the greater chance a patient has to find a matching donor. Contact us, and we’ll explain how events are organized.
How Do I Volunteer?
Many people are needed to help organize drives and spread the word about this unique way to save a lives. Contact us to volunteer your time.
Call 405-297-5593 for a registry location, or join online at join.bethematch.org. Enter promo code “OBI”.
Pictured is 9-year-old Kamryn who has sickle cell disease. Blood donors keep her healthy while she waits for a marrow transplant.
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A fasting lipid panel is available for purchase. Blood donation is not required for purchased tests. Read More > >
Only 30 percent of those who need a marrow transplant find a family member who is a matched donor. All others rely on people who have registered with programs such as Oklahoma Blood Institute‘s Be The Match® national registry. Read More > >
Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) screening is available for purchase. Blood donation is not required for purchased tests. Read More > >
Therapeutic apheresis is a general term for treatments that remove harmful proteins, chemicals or cells in blood that contribute to disease. An automated, blood collection machine separates blood components, isolates the targeted substance and returns the remaining components to a patient. Read More > >
Therapeutic phlebotomy is the removal of blood for medical reasons. Therapeutic phlebotomy must be ordered by a licensed physician, and is used as a treatment for medical conditions when there is too much iron or red blood cells in the body. Read More > >