South Texas Blood & Tissue Center News

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Recent News Articles

September 14, 2015
Una Russell and Sara Lopez

We’re honoring the first people donors see when they make lifesaving donations at the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center. Blood Collectors Week at the STBTC is Sept. 14-19, recognizing front-line team members past and present.

They’re the ones who check vital signs. They answer questions and make sure donors are comfortable. And they won’t let a donor out of sight until they’re ready.

And sometimes, they help donors overcome their fear – and then turn them into regulars.

Take, for example, Una Russell. She admits she was “scared to death of needles” when she decided to face her fears and donate blood in 1977.

She met a young technician named Sara Lopez the first time she walked into the center, which at the time was in downtown San Antonio.

August 31, 2015

A discovery by biomedical researchers in San Antonio could one day save lives on the battlefield and beyond.

Engineers at the University of Texas at San Antonio, working with a team at the San Antonio-based U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research, found that cold storage of platelets could not only preserve them much longer, but also make them more effective for the treatment of traumatic injury.

Currently, platelets – the blood component integral to the body’s clotting process – are stored at room temperature and have a shelf life of five days, according to U.S. Food and Drug Administration guidelines. Storage at room temperature increases the risk for bacterial growth in the platelets, so hospitals typically quarantine them for testing before transfusion.

Executives from BBG, South Texas Blood & Tissue Center, QualTex Laboratories and GenCure Emphasize Cooperation, Teamwork
August 21, 2015

With everything from a singing vice president to a 7-foot-3 blood drop prancing around the grounds, last week was a memorable one at BioBridge Global (BBG).

It was all part of BBG Team Week, which rolled together five days of activities that even included a major blood drive sponsored by two San Antonio television stations.

“BBG Team Week was remarkable in many ways,” said chief executive officer Linda Myers. “It was great to see people and the organization in a whole new light, and a great way for us to engage with people who do lifesaving work every day. It really was a team-building experience.”

Local Blood Donors Can Impact the Blood Supply Worldwide
July 13, 2015

Beginning today, blood donors at South Texas Blood & Tissue Center (STBTC) can make an even bigger difference in the world by giving blood locally and then contributing their Donating for Life points to the Global Blood Fund (GBF) and its Open Arms Program.

BioBridge Global, STBTC’s parent company, has formed an agreement with GBF, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that has a mission of increasing the availability and safety of blood in the world’s poorest nations.

“The Global Blood Fund is doing vital and important work, and we want to contribute to those efforts,” said Linda Myers, chief executive officer of BioBridge Global.

June 22, 2015

Archie Klein has been donating blood so long, he can’t even remember when he started.

But he knew Monday’s donation at the STBTC Fredericksburg Community Blood Drive was special.

“I thought today was No. 200, but I didn’t know till Rita (Holmberg Woodman, STBTC drive coordinator) checked the records,” Klein said from his home in Fredericksburg. “I wish I could remember when I actually started giving. Sometime in the ‘70s, I guess.”

Those 200 whole blood donations equal 25 gallons, a rare feat considering donors are limited to approximately six donations a year. The reach is significant, however, since each donation can help up to three people.

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