Sooners, Cowboys to battle for blood
The Bedlam battle for blood begins Monday.
OU and Oklahoma State are facing off outside the world of sports in a race to recruit the most blood donors.
From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., a blood-mobile will park on the west side of the Nielsen Hall to collect blood from donors.
Donors are encouraged to schedule their appointment on the Donor Connect page of the Oklahoma Blood Institute’s home page. The donation process takes about an hour, said Leslie Gamble, the institute’s community relations director.
About 38 percent of the population signs up to give blood, but only 10 percent of those actually show up, said Debbie Barnhill, volunteer coordinator.
All healthy people age 16 and above can donate, Gamble said. However, FDA regulations will exclude some based on factors such as international travel and birthplace.
“Although all blood types are needed, those with O-negative type blood are especially encouraged to donate,” Gamble said.
Gamble advised students to rest well, stay hydrated and have a small snack that day. The blood institute will provide refreshments and review some muscle relaxation techniques with donors before they give blood.