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Recent News Articles

South Texans respond to appeals for donations; donor room hours extended
August 29, 2017

 

The South Texas Blood & Tissue Center (STBTC) sent out 350 units of blood on Tuesday in the first large wave of shipments to the hurricane-ravaged Texas Coastal Bend.

Blood drives from Corpus Christi to Houston have been canceled and donation rooms closed following widespread damage and flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey.

As a result, STBTC and blood centers across the country are sending units of red blood cells and platelets to the region.

In South Texas, donors have responded to appeals since the hurricane made landfall on Saturday, making more than 1,600 donations. Monday alone, there were more than 700, almost 400 more than on a typical Monday.

Center responds to call for blood from regions hit by Hurricane Harvey
August 28, 2017

In response to the critical need for blood throughout south and southeast Texas, the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center has extended hours at all its San Antonio-area donor rooms.

All San Antonio and New Braunfels donor rooms will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., effective Monday, Aug. 28. The Victoria donor room will remain closed Monday.

In addition, STBTC has mobile blood drives scheduled this week in San Antonio, as well as Boerne, Fredericksburg, New Braunfels and Seguin. Donors can find a drive and make an appointment by visiting SouthTexasBlood.org/Harvey or by calling 210-731-5590.

Current blood supplies remain at less than one day’s demand, so the need for donors is especially critical.

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.

Restaurant chain includes community “thank you” in rollout of rebranding campaign: free meals
August 10, 2017

A staple in the community for more than 60 years, Bill Miller is launching a rebranding campaign this month that will incorporate important key elements including a new digital marketing strategy and updated logo.

As part of the initiative and to thank the community that has supported them, Bill Miller has partnered with the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center for the month of August.

 “As we celebrate this transition, our brand has always been part of the community and to support that long standing commitment, we are giving back,” said Jim Guy Egbert, president of Bill Miller. “We are helping the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center by offering free meals to all blood donors in August.”

The gesture from Bill Miller is important as summer traditionally is the slowest time of year for blood collections, with no school drives and many regular donors on vacation.

August 1, 2017

By Meaghan Flores

There is a possibility that the Zika virus could be more widespread in Africa than previously thought, a major concern to researchers around the world because of the potential for another outbreak.

The 2015 Zika outbreak emerged in Brazil, but knowledge of the virus dates back the 1940s, when it was first discovered in Uganda, Tanzania, and Nigeria. Since then the disease has spread across the world. By February 2016, the virus had spread rapidly across the Americas, with more than 20 countries reporting local transmission.

Zika has proven to be more complex than originally thought, as some of the trends and abnormalities seen in the outbreak of the virus in the Americas have not been the same as in Africa. This could be because there are two separate linkages of the virus, one originating in Africa and the other in Asia, or because health care systems in Africa are poor and aren’t detecting the virus well.

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