Blood donations top 3,200 in response to appeal from South Texas Blood & Tissue Center
South Texans responded to last week’s appeal for blood, making 3,229 donations Jan. 7-12 to help re-stock hospitals throughout the more than 48 counties in the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center’s service area.
But the needs of patients throughout the region are continuing to put a strain on supplies. One major automobile accident has the potential to wipe out the community’s blood supply in just a few hours. Several local hospitals had trauma cases recently that used dozens of units of blood, wiping out inventories.
STBTC is continuing to encourage both new and existing donors to make at least four donations each in 2020. Just one more lifesaving gift from every donor in South Texas would keep patients and their caregivers from worrying about postponing surgeries or missing a transfusion because of a blood shortage.
In fact, new donors are critical to avoiding shortages. Approximately 60% of the population is eligible to give blood at any one time, but less than 5% of those who are eligible actually make a donation.
The center is asking its community partners – schools, businesses, civic groups and churches among them – to do everything in their power to make their blood drives successful, and to consider scheduling additional drives.
STBTC now is part of the Facebook blood donor tool as well. Facebook users can visit Facebook.com/donateblood and fill out a brief online form to receive notifications about the need for donations, assistance in planning and scheduling blood donations, and letting your family and friends now about the tool.
The Connect for Life accounts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram will be using #NeverAgain the coming days to encourage South Texas to make blood donation a habit in 2020.
Donors can call 210-731-5590 with any questions about eligibility or where to donate.
Anyone wishing to donate blood must present identification. Donors age 16 must have a signed parental consent form and weigh at least 120 pounds. Anyone over the age of 17 may donate and must be in general good health and weigh at least 110 pounds. All donors are asked to eat well and adequately hydrate before and after donation. Refreshments and snacks are provided, and all donor receive a wellness check. Learn about blood donation at SouthTexasBlood.org.