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

‘Brothers in Arms’ program brings battlefield advances to civilian trauma care; Future expansion of initiative could help save more lives in mass-casualty situations
January 26, 2018
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South Texas Blood & Tissue Center, a subsidiary of BioBridge Global, today launched a program to aid accident and trauma patients served by area air medical services and hospital helicopters. The program, “Brothers in Arms,” will enable air medical crews to administer special pre-hospital transfusions of whole blood, proven to counter blood loss and dramatically improve survival rates when tested in battlefield situations.

San Antonio is one of the first cities to implement the system, which is based on a battlefield transfusion program developed by the U.S. military and later adapted at the Mayo Clinic trauma center. The 75th Ranger Regiment “O Low-Titer Whole Blood Program” was the recipient of the Army’s Greatest Innovation Award in 2017

South Texas Blood & Tissue Center urges community to step up; Alamo Quarry Market lights iconic smokestacks red to promote Blood Donor Month
January 3, 2018
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Following several weeks of slow donations over the Holidays, local commemorations of National Blood Donor Month are beginning on a dire note this January, as the South Texas region faces a critical need for blood, according to the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center. The need is particularly urgent for O negative blood, which as the universal blood type is especially important in emergencies and trauma situations.

The blood center is featuring “Texas Strong” as the theme for National Blood Donor Month, to build on the community’s response to blood donation needs following devastating events such as hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, and tragedies in Las Vegas and Sutherland Springs.

Local restaurant chain thanking donors for saving lives
December 19, 2017

SAN ANTONIO – The South Texas Blood & Tissue Center has teamed up with Bill Miller Bar–B-Q to thank blood and platelet donors this holiday season. Blood and platelet donations decline dramatically during the holiday season as high school and college students, as well as frequent donors, are on vacation. 

As a thank-you to the community for donating during the holidays, STBTC and Bill Miller Bar–B-Q will give away some great coupons:

From Dec. 17- 23, blood donors will receive a coupon for a two-piece fried chicken meal.

From Dec. 24- 31, blood donors will receive a coupon for a slice of pie and tea.

From Dec. 17-31, platelet donors will receive a coupon for a Bill Miller small family meal.

Timeline illustrates why it’s critical to have blood on the shelves before disaster strikes, especially during the holidays when blood donations decline
December 14, 2017
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It’s a common response following natural disasters, mass casualties and other tragedies: The need for blood spurs donors to line up at blood centers across the country.

But what’s required to get those donations to patients who need them?

The answers are in a new infographic and accompanying video produced by BioBridge Global, the parent organization of the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center (STBTC).

“Donor to Patient: 24 Hours to Save a Life” demonstrates the process from the donation, when about a pint is collected from a donor, through processing, testing and delivery for transfusion. As the title implies, the process from donation to availability for patients takes about 24 hours.

Center provides blood to assist injured
November 6, 2017

The South Texas Blood & Tissue Center (STBTC) has provided more than 200 units of blood to hospitals in South Texas treating Sunday’s shooting victims in Sutherland Springs.

STBTC, a subsidiary of nonprofit BioBridge Global, provided blood to Connally Memorial Medical Center in Floresville, the San Antonio Military Medical Center trauma center and University Hospital, where victims were being treated. The center is continuing to provide blood to these hospitals and more than 70 hospitals across the region.

“After a tragedy like this, people want to know what they can do to help. A concrete way to help is to donate blood to help replenish blood supplies so we’re ready to help the next patients who need blood, said Elizabeth Waltman, chief operating officer of the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center.

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