Since elective surgeries started up a couple of week ago, the Oklahoma Blood Institute said they have had more orders for blood.
“We were down about 20 to 25% in usage, and when electives came back, we saw a bump of about 5 to 10% more than what they were doing in previous weeks,” said Dr. John Armitage, the Oklahoma Blood Institute CEO and president.
But, they aren’t quite at full blood usage yet, partially due to the lack of trauma patients coming into the hospitals from things like car accidents.
“That stuff is not happening and that is the missing 15%. When that stuff kicks back in, we need to find a way to boost our collections, because right now, we would be in a huge deficit,” Armitage said.
So, they are calling on people who can donate blood to do it, because it could save a life.
They are in need of all blood types. If you would like to find out more about how to donate you can visit OBI.org.