Give Blood, Save Lives at the Oklahoma Youth Expo Blood Drive Saturday March 14thWed, 11 Mar 2020 11:26:42 CDT
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 nationís blood need for just one minute.
This fall, Erick was working on his in-laws ranch in Comanche County when he was bucked off his horse. While this normally isnít a life threatening situation, on this day, the saddle horn impaled Erickís leg and caused a femoral artery tear. Erick was medflighted out on an air ambulance, receiving O- blood on the flight as part of his emergency care. In the first day alone, Erick received 13 units of blood and 11 units of plasma, which helped save his life and his leg. He has since recovered and is now walking unassisted.
Erick hadnít given blood before, but is now a passionate advocate for blood donation. Erickís story highlights the critical need for blood products to help in life threatening situations, especially those in rural Oklahoma where health care centers can be a distance from some communities.
If you are heading out to the Oklahoma Youth Expo, please take the time to stop by and Donate Blood. They will be hosting a blood drive on Saturday, March 14th, from 8am to 1pm in Barn 3, the Sale Ring at the Sale Pavillion.
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 patientís blood type has not yet been identified.
OBI Quick Facts
∑ A patient needs blood every two seconds.
∑ Every unit of donated blood can save up to three lives.
∑ OBI needs 1,200 donors each day to help ensure a healthy blood supply.
∑ OBI provides 90% of the blood used in our state, including every unit on our air ambulances.
∑ Donating blood takes about an hour and can be done at any of our donor centers statewide or at mobile drives held throughout the state. On Saturday, weíre hosting a blood drive at the Oklahoma Youth Expo from 8 am - 1pm in Barn 3, the Sale Ring at the Sale Pavillion.
The Oklahoma Youth Expo will take place March 10 Ė 20 at the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds in Oklahoma City. A full schedule can be found online at okyouthexpo.com.
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Reports will be heard daily on great radio stations that cover Oklahoma and that are a part of the Radio Oklahoma Ag Network- on the internet- our reports of the 2020 OYE can be found on the Blue Green Gazette page- available here.
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