South Texas Blood & Tissue Center News

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Recent News Articles

September 26, 2016

Longtime biomedical industry executive Martin Landon has been named chief executive officer of BioBridge Global (BBG), the nonprofit organization that oversees and supports the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center (STBTC), QualTex Laboratories, GenCure and The Blood & Tissue Center Foundation. The announcement was made today by BBG Board Chair Mike Kreager. 

Landon will join BBG on Oct. 1 and, to ensure a smooth leadership transition, will work with current CEO Linda Myers through the end of the month, Kreager said.  In July, Myers announced plans to retire from the organization.

All donors at South Texas Blood & Tissue Center must consent to testing to give blood
August 29, 2016

The South Texas Blood & Tissue Center (STBTC) received notification on August 26, 2016 from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration that, within the next four weeks, all blood donations collected in Texas and 10 other states at high risk for active Zika transmission must be tested for the virus. Testing on collections from the remaining states must begin within the next 12 weeks. 

All those who want to donate must consent to the testing of their donation for the virus. STBTC, which began testing donations for Zika on July 5, was the second center in the United States to announce testing for the virus. 

While the center has had more than 10,000 units tested since July, not all donors are providing consent for testing. According to Dr. Rachel Beddard, medical director, about 12 percent of donors are not consenting, a number the blood center is working to improve.  

August 15, 2016

The South Texas Blood & Tissue Center, in an effort to emphasize the need for donors across the region, is joining with centers in 22 countries this week in the “Missing Type” campaign.

STBTC is working with local and regional organizations on the effort. They have been removing the letters A, O and B from their names, raising awareness of the need for new blood donors with all blood types.

The idea was based on the insight that people rarely think about their blood type – most of us don’t even know it. But if that “type” were to go missing in everyday life, people would start to pay closer attention to the problem. So the letters A, O and B (the letters that make up the blood groups) were removed in places of high interest on a national scale.

Blood bank is only one of a few centers approved by FDA to conduct test
July 12, 2016

As part of its commitment to ensuring the safest blood supply possible, the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center (STBTC) has begun testing blood donations for the Zika virus. STBTC is one of only a handful of blood centers in the nation currently testing for Zika.

“We believe this is the best way to safeguard the people of South Texas who need blood transfusions,” said Elizabeth Waltman, chief operating officer of STBTC. “Taking a precautionary approach will optimize patient safety and help maintain blood availability for everyone.”

Testing for the Zika virus is being done by QualTex Laboratories, which like STBTC is a subsidiary of San Antonio-based nonprofit BioBridge Global, with testing labs here and in Norcross, Georgia. Zika testing is being done in the QualTex labs in Georgia, because of space and capacity requirements for the testing equipment.

Inventory dangerously low headed into Independence Day weekend
June 28, 2016
2,000 blood donations needed by July 4

The South Texas Blood & Tissue Center (STBTC), together with representatives from University Health System, Methodist Healthcare System and local civic and business leaders, gathered today to share a message: There is not enough blood on the shelves to treat patients.

“Simply put, if you or a family member needs blood, current projections show we will not have the supply available to fully meet our community’s needs,” said Elizabeth Waltman, chief operating officer of STBTC. “We’re facing a situation in which hospitals may be forced to cancel elective surgeries.

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