BLOOD DONORS URGENTLY NEEDED Levels are Critically Low
South Texas Blood & Tissue Center (STBTC) is urgently requesting all eligible donors to give blood. We thank donors who answered the call for blood over the New Year holiday weekend; however, the current community blood inventory is at a less than one day supply. That is far short of the normal status of a three to four day reserve. All blood types are at critically low levels, and this poses a threat to our community.
Donate at the Victoria Donor Room 1109 Sam Houston Drive, Victoria, TX Friday through Sunday - 8:30am to 5:00pm
Several factors have caused the blood supply to fall to critical levels, one being that blood usage at local hospitals has increased significantly since the beginning of the year.
Vanessa Servin, a recipient of blood, understands the urgency of having blood available. She had an automobile accident that nearly took her life. Vanessa received countless units of blood during her surgeries. Vanessa states, “How many others are going through what I went through? One minute you are fine and the next, you are being transported to a trauma unit. You can show you care by giving blood.”
Everyone eligible to donate is urged to respond to this community need. In an emergency, transfusions can’t wait. “There is no substitute for blood. Volunteer donors are needed at this time,” states Mary Beth Fisk, President and COO of STBTC.
The critical need for blood is highlighted by the fact that January is National Blood Donor Month. This serves as an opportunity to encourage all donors to give regularly. To find a blood drive near you and to schedule an appointment online to donate, visit southtexasblood.org/donating for life.
This Saturday, the Center will provide a T-shirt or a movie ticket as a thank you gift to those who help the community blood supply.
Anyone 16 years old weighing 120 pounds (with a parental consent form), or at least 17 years old weighing 110 pounds, and in good general health can donate blood. It is recommended to eat iron rich foods before donating and to drink plenty of fluids to keep the body hydrated. Donors must present photo ID, last four digits of their social security number and their birth date. Visit www.southtexasblood.org for more information.
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