Blood Donations Urgently Needed before Hurricane Harvey

Less than a day of blood on the shelf
August 25, 2017

Blood donations are needed now to help prepare South Texas hospitals for Hurricane Harvey, at a time when our community already is facing serious blood shortages – less than a day’s supply is available.

Efforts are being made to build the blood supply at all trauma centers, and local hospitals are reporting an influx of patients from the Corpus Christi area as well.

The added demand has put a strain on the supply of all blood types, but especially O negative and O positive. Having enough blood on the shelves can mean the difference between life and death for car accident victims, cancer patients and others.

As a safety measure for our employees and donors, the Victoria donor room has been closed until Monday, affecting the current blood supply. We are asking all donors who can safely travel to a donor room in San Antonio or New Braunfels to please come in.

Type O negative blood is at critically low levels, and this poses a threat to our community because it is a universal type that anyone can receive in an emergency.  And while type O negative and O positive blood are most needed, donors of all blood types are strongly encouraged to give.

The South Texas Blood & Tissue Center serves dozens of hospitals and clinics throughout South Texas and relies on volunteer blood donors to provide life-saving blood components to our community each year. Donors can find the nearest donor room and schedule a donation today by calling 210-731-5590 or visiting SouthTexasBlood.org

Donors must present identification. Anyone who is 16 years old and weighs at least 120 pounds (with parental consent form), or 17 years old and above and weighs at least 110 pounds and is in good general health may donate blood. All donors receive refreshments, a min physical and are encouraged to eat well before and after donation. Learn more about blood donation at www.SouthTexasBlood.org.