O Blood Donations Urgently Needed for Recent Trauma and Accident Patients

Blood supply critically low
August 28, 2018

South Texas Blood & Tissue Center (STBTC), a subsidiary of BioBridge Global, is asking all type O blood donors to make a donation now. Donations are not keeping up with patient needs, and recent traumas and traffic accidents have dramatically reduced the community blood supply. While O-negative is known as the universal blood type, those collections are especially challenging because O-negative donors make up only seven percent of the population.

To accommodate blood donors, on Wednesday, all six San Antonio and New Braunfels donor rooms are opening early at 8:30 a.m.

As the Labor Day holiday weekend approaches, when many travelers are on the road and accidents increase, the need for an adequate blood supply is critical. And the shortage isn’t just in South Texas – blood centers across the country are in short supply of type O.

In times of critical shortages such as hurricanes, accidents and other emergencies, San Antonio and South Texas communities have always helped. Today, as STBTC works to ensure the community blood supply is ready to meet the needs of hospitals and patients, the center asks all donors to step up, roll up their sleeves and help out – especially those with type O blood.

“Local hospitals and patients rely on us, always. And we rely on our regular donors and right now we implore those who have never donated before to understand the meaning of a one-hour donation of their time,” said Dr. Samantha Gomez Ngamsuntikul, STBTC associate medical director. “Donating is convenient and gratifying, with one hour providing a lifesaving gift to someone in need.”

And while type O blood is at critically low levels, all blood types are strongly encouraged to donate.

The South Texas Blood & Tissue Center serves dozens of hospitals and clinics throughout South Texas and relies on volunteer blood donors to provide lifesaving blood components to our community each year. Schedule your donation today by calling 210-731-5590 or visit 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 here.