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Recent News Articles

June 22, 2020
convalescent plasma donor

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 (STBTC) 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
convalescent plasma donor

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
June 6, 2020

To thank donors for coming out to give, the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center (STBTC) will provide 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.

The antibody test is not a diagnostic test and is not intended for people who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or believe they may be infected, since it does not test directly for the virus. Anyone with symptoms is asked to remain home and to contact his or her physician.

Each blood donation matched with financial gift to local food bank; South Texas Blood & Tissue Center must make up 4,000-donation summer deficit
May 17, 2020

stbtc_alamodome_bannerBlood donors can do twice the good with one selfless act at the upcoming “Double Down in SA Town” drive at the Alamodome on May 21-23, helping fight the severe impact COVID-19 has had on both the community blood supply and on food available for hungry families.

The need for blood donations has grown significantly as hospitals in the region resume non-emergency surgeries and other procedures delayed because of the coronavirus outbreak. At the same time, more than 120 blood drives, representing more than 4,000 donations, already have been canceled this summer.

Community asked to make and keep appointments to donate blood
May 7, 2020

As South Texas hospitals begin to reschedule postponed surgeries, the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center (STBTC) is asking members of the community to come forward with lifesaving blood donations and to keep their appointments.

The South Texas Blood & Tissue Center, a subsidiary of San Antonio-based BioBridge Global, already is seeing a significant increase in orders for blood following Gov. Greg Abbott’s order for hospitals to resume elective surgeries and procedures.

The center estimates it needs 500 donors a day to keep up with demand.

“Right now, we are sending out 150 more units of blood every day than we’re bringing in,” said Elizabeth Waltman, Chief Operating Officer of STBTC. “Our community has always responded in times of need and we hope they will continue to answer the call caused by this pandemic.”