Texans help put blood back on hospital shelves

South Texans have made more than 1,376 donations since Tuesday
January 10, 2020

South Texans have made 1,376 blood donations since the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center issued its appeal to donors on Tuesday.

This response ensures that area hospitals will not have to postpone surgeries and other treatments.

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However, Elizabeth Waltman, Chief Operating Officer of the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center said the blood supply is still not at adequate levels. 

“These much-needed donations have been very helpful, but the usage continues to be high and we are urging our donors to continue to respond to this appeal, and bring their family, friends and coworkers with them,” she said.

South Texans made 616 donations on Thursday, on top of 588 on Wednesday.

The need is particularly high for type O blood. O-negative is critical because it can be used for any patient in an emergency. O-positive is the type most common in South Texas, and demand for O-positive blood increased by 17% in 2019.

Donors can schedule an appointment at SouthTexasBlood.org/WeNeedYou. Walk-in donations are always welcome, and the center also extended hours at donor rooms. Donors can call 210-731-5590 with questions about eligibility or donation locations.

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.