South Texas Blood & Tissue Center News

The South Texas Blood & Tissue Center, a subsidiary of BioBridge Global, offers a variety of ways for you to stay connected with us. You can read our latest press releases or Annual Reports. Visit the Events Page to find out what’s coming up. You can watch a video clip from a newscast, view past events in the Photo Gallery or read industry news. For the social media enthusiast, the BioBridge family is known as “Connect for Life,” and can be found on FacebookTwitter, LinkedIn and YouTube. Also visit the our official blog here.

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Recent News Articles

August 29, 2014

The South Texas Blood & Tissue Center (STBTC) will be one of the first blood banks to use the VeinViewer® Flex, a product of Christie Medical, to help make blood donations more comfortable for young donors.

“With some donors, it’s difficult to find small veins for donation,” said Brian Clark, director of Donor Services at STBTC. “This technology we’ve invested in will help our phlebotomists find the right vein to help minimize discomfort during donation.”

The VeinViewer® Flex is a small instrument that projects near-infrared light that is absorbed by blood and reflected by surrounding tissue. The image is projected digitally in real time directly onto the surface of the skin. While the tool is not new technology and is currently utilized in hospital settings, it is new to the blood banking industry.

May 2, 2014

SAN ANTONIO, Texas, May 1, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Genetics Policy Institute (GPI) announced four prestigious "Organizing Partners" of the 10th annual World Stem Cell Summit. The 2014 Summit will be held December 3-5, 2014, at the San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter in San Antonio, Texas.

GPI, The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Mayo Clinic, Kyoto University Institute for Integrated Cell-Material Sciences (iCeMS) and BioBridge Global will organize the 10th annual meeting of the global stem cell community, shaping the next year of progress in regenerative medicine. The annual event assembles the most prominent figures in the field to share research, build collaborations and find solutions to funding and commercialization challenges.

March 24, 2014

Suzanne Lybarger, Health Occupations Instructor at Samuel Clemens High School, has been coordinating blood drives with the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center (STBTC) for almost 5 years. For her and her students, the community blood supply means one thing: LIFE.

After working in a hospital for over 10 years, she understands the need for blood, often sharing her experiences with students to encourage and motivate them to act. “There is no substitute. We only have each other to count on.”

During their blood drives, Suzanne often hears from students who are afraid to donate or have never thought of doing so. Her counter message is simple: “Someday could be today.” She explains that people tend to give at times of emergency, or when a loved one is ill. “Giving blood is an act of kindness that acknowledges a constant need, and provides support for those hospital patients who need it most.”

Local radio station awarded Media Outlet of the Year
March 24, 2014

SAN ANTONIO - 99.5 KISS will be recognized at the formal awards ceremony, which will take place during Association of Donor Recruitment Professionals' (ADRP) 2014 Annual Conference in Columbus, Ohio.

For the past 23 years, 99.5 KISS has supported the community of South Texas by helping save thousands of lives through annual blood and marrow drives. What started as a once a year one-day blood drive has become multiple week-long drives. To date, 99.5 KISS has helped collect more than 33,600 units and has registered more than 4,000 marrow donors that have matched several patients.

Nationwide saline shortage limits red cell donations.
March 3, 2014

SAN ANTONIO – A nationwide saline shortage is having a significant impact on South Texas Blood and Tissue Center’s (STBTC) ability to collect blood. Because of this situation, a blood shortage is eminent and many more whole blood donations will be necessary.

Sterile injectable saline is used to replenish the body’s fluid loss during a specific type of automated blood collection process which results in two units of blood. “Certain donors can give two units of red blood cells at one time. Those donations help ensure enough blood is available for the community,” said Elizabeth Waltman, chief operating officer at STBTC. Waltman continued that if those types of donations cannot occur because of the saline shortage, STBTC would have to rely on many more whole blood donors to make up the shortage.