Meeting the needs of our population
The South Texas Blood & Tissue Center serves 43 ethnically diverse counties in South Texas.
While blood donations from all ethnic groups are valuable, chronically transfused patients often develop antibodies, requiring us to match blood products much more precisely for them.
When a patient requires a rare blood type, it is more likely that a match will be found within donors of the same ethnicity.
This is why it is essential to increase participation from donors of diverse backgrounds and to encourage donors to provide us with their ethnicity each time they donate.
STBTC has launched two outreach campaigns to help serve the needs of patients across South Texas.
Donar Sangre es Donar Vida sets out to increase participation from Latino donors through unity, health and action.
Because STBTC’s service area is 55% Hispanic/Latino, increasing the level of Hispanic/Latino donors helps us be better prepared to fulfill the needs of over 100 hospitals and clinics in the area.