Blood Donors Urgently Needed:
Levels are Critically Low
SAN ANTONIO - South Texas Blood & Tissue Center (STBTC) is urgently requesting all eligible donors to give blood. We thank donors who answered the call for blood over the New Year holiday weekend; however, the current community blood inventory is at a less than one day supply. That is far short of the normal status of a three to four day reserve. All blood types are at critically low levels, and this poses a threat to our community.
Several factors have caused the blood supply to fall to critical levels. Blood usage at local hospitals has increased significantly since the beginning of the year. “Traffic accidents are the most frequent call type our Emergency Medical Services (EMS) receives. Donating blood is one way to help,” states Deborah Foster with SAFD.
Vanessa Servin, a recipient of blood, understands the urgency of having blood available. She had an automobile accident that nearly took her life. Vanessa received countless units of blood during her surgeries. Vanessa states, “How many others are going through what I went through? One minute you are fine and the next, you are being transported to a trauma unit. You can show you care by giving blood.”
Everyone eligible to donate is urged to respond to this community need. In an emergency, transfusions can’t wait. “There is no substitute for blood. Volunteer donors are needed at this time,” states Mary Beth Fisk, President and COO of STBTC.
The critical need for blood is highlighted by the fact that January is National Blood Donor Month. This serves as an opportunity to encourage all donors to give regularly. Please visit southtexasblood.org for a blood drive location near you or to schedule your donation.
This Saturday (January 14), the Center will provide a T-shirt or a movie ticket as a thank you gift to those who help the community blood supply.