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Recent News Articles

South Texas Blood & Tissue Center implements new Food and Drug Administration guidelines for donations
July 1, 2020
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Current and former members of the military and their families who were not allowed to give blood because of deployments in Europe will be able to donate again, the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center (STBTC) has announced.

The changes, part of a sweeping modification of FDA guidelines being implemented July 1.

Because of the pandemic, most blood drives canceled and maintaining the community blood supply continues to be challenging,” stated Elizabeth Waltman, chief operating officer for STBTC. “We believe many service members and their families will be very happy to be able donate again and help us maintain a robust blood supply for South Texas.”

Recovered patients can help those battling coronavirus by donating plasma to South Texas Blood & Tissue Center program
June 23, 2020

With an increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations in South Texas, demand for convalescent plasma has increased tenfold from about five orders per day from area hospitals at the beginning of the month to more than 50 per day currently.

Because of the surge in orders, the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center over the weekend was unable to fill several orders for patients who are fighting COVID-19. The center is working to fill those back orders – as well as new orders coming in – as quickly as possible, which will require more people who have recovered from coronavirus to become plasma donors.

The South Texas Blood & Tissue Center, a subsidiary of nonprofit BioBridge Global, is collecting plasma donations from people who have recovered from COVID-19 as part of a treatment for seriously ill patients. The record increase in cases locally and nationally has significantly boosted the need for plasma from those with antibodies to COVID-19 in their bloodstream.

June 22, 2020
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Researchers at the Mayo Clinic and collaborators have found the use of convalescent plasma to be safe and possibly effective as a treatment for patients with COVID-19.

The South Texas Blood & Tissue Center is taking donations of convalescent plasma from recovered COVID-19 patients whose immune systems have developed antibodies to the virus. The plasma is then transfused to the sickest COVID-19 patients.

The Mayo Clinic safety report followed a group of 20,000 patients for seven days following their transfusions and found that death rates declined to 8.6%, from 12% in a safety study conducted earlier this year. Less than 1% of patients experienced serious adverse events from their transfusions.

Recovered patients can help those battling coronavirus by donating plasma to South Texas Blood & Tissue Center program
June 18, 2020
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As cases of COVID-19 surge in San Antonio and South Texas, the need for convalescent plasma donors is rising dramatically. 

The South Texas Blood & Tissue Center, a subsidiary of nonprofit BioBridge Global, is collecting plasma donations from people who have recovered from COVID-19 as part of a treatment for seriously ill patients. The record increase in cases locally and nationally has significantly boosted the need for plasma from those with antibodies to COVID-19 in their bloodstream.  

STBTC is part of a study led by the Mayo Clinic into the use of convalescent plasma, which possibly can help a patient’s own immune system fight the virus. A recent study showed plasma transfusions benefited almost three-quarters of the patients who received them. 

Community blood center offering test over summer to thank donors
June 6, 2020

To thank donors for coming out to give, the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center (STBTC) will provide free COVID-19 antibody testing for all blood donations this summer, from June 8 - Aug. 31. Test results will be mailed to donors within 14 days of their donations, which are by appointment only.

QualTex Laboratories, which like STBTC is a subsidiary of San Antonio-based nonprofit BioBridge Global, will perform the tests. Results will show if the donor has been exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19 by looking for antibodies the immune system produces in response to the virus.

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