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Recent News Articles

South Texas Blood & Tissue issues emergency appeal for donations to boost dangerously low inventories and meet growing patient needs
December 11, 2019
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Although the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center has collected 9% more blood during 2019 than in 2018, the rising demand for blood is exceeding collections, leaving the region with dangerously low inventories, according to Chief Operating Officer Elizabeth Waltman.

“This month we have shipped 12% more blood to hospitals than we have collected,” Waltman said. “Without a significant increase in blood donations, hospitals may have to review each transfusion situation to focus on the most critical needs, delaying transfusions in some cases. With the holidays approaching, we need to get ahead of the situation, because collections typically decline, but patients’ needs do not.” 

While all blood types are needed, the demand is especially high for type O-negative donors. O-negative donors make up just 7% of the population, but because O-negative blood can be used for any patient in an emergency,12% of the orders from South Texas hospitals are O negative.

Special blood drives feature restaurant, retail and entertainment gift cards to thank blood donors and prevent a sharp drop in donations over Thanksgiving holiday
November 22, 2019

samantha_cancer_patientAs most of us prepare for family gatherings and travel this Thanksgiving, South Texas patients will remain in hospitals and continue to rely on blood donations. To help prevent a sharp decline in the community blood supply over the holiday, local organizations are working with The South Texas Blood & Tissue Center (STBTC) to schedule special blood drives featuring extra thank-you gifts for donors who make time to give blood from Nov. 23 – Dec. 1.

Patients like Samantha Aguirre, who is battling breast cancer, need blood transfusions throughout their treatment. “Blood donations literally saved my life and it’s because of blood donors that I am here,” she said.  

Center helps blood donors with online shopping this holiday season
November 8, 2019

The seasonal flu season is rapidly approaching, and the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center is encouraging all healthy donors to give blood or platelets now, since donations can be accepted only from those who are feeling well.

STBTC is encouraging the community to help maintain an adequate blood supply during flu season as it has the potential to cause a decline in blood donations, since anyone who is sick on the day of donation will be deferred from giving blood. The need for donations is vital as blood donations traditionally decline by 20 percent during the holiday season as high schools and colleges are on winter break and fewer companies schedule blood drives.

South Texas Blood & Tissue Center a sponsor of National Blood Foundation Run for Research
October 16, 2019
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The community is invited to support innovative medical research during the AABB’s National Blood Foundation (NBF) Run for ResearchSouth Texas Blood & Tissue Center (STBTC) and its nonprofit parent, BioBridge Global, are official community partners of the event.

The 5K run/1-mile walk, which is also sponsored by the Armed Services Blood Program, is scheduled for 7 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 20, starting at Sunset Station, 1174 E. Commerce St.

The race is part of a series of NBF fundraisers for blood and cell therapy research. The event takes place during the 2019 AABB Annual Meeting in San Antonio.

South Texas Blood & Tissue Center offers movie pass in October to ensure blood is available whenever and wherever it’s needed
October 8, 2019

South Texas Blood & Tissue Center (STBTC) aims to collect 400 donations a day, but the nonprofit community blood center recently has experienced a reduction in collections. To encourage donations, in October all donors will receive a thank-you gift of a free movie ticket to Alamo Drafthouse.  

Our population is growing, and our health care systems are serving more patients, donations have declined, especially for the O-negative blood type,” said Elizabeth Waltman, Chief Operating Officer of STBTC. “ There is a type O blood shortage in our region, and the nation, and we’re working to avoid a situation that could force hospitals to postpone some treatments or surgeries.”

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