February 26, 2013

The first use of an anesthetic in surgery can be traced to one doctor’s compassion and the curious after effects of a recreational drug.

In the early 1800s, “laughing gas parties” became the rage among certain sectors of the upper class. The wealthy inhaled ether (nitrous oxide) as a party favor. The gas produced contrasting outcomes. Some enjoyed a state of euphoria accompanied by uproarious laughter. Others fell into a stupor and then fell to the floor. They often received injuries but felt no pain or even remembered what had happened.

October 30, 2012
Here are six types of donors we’d like to thank during this Thanksgiving season.
  1. Long-time donors.  South Texas Blood & Tissue Center has many people who have donated for years and years. They donate as often as they can and are so regular you could set your calendar by them.  They have saved literally hundreds of lives.
  2. First-time donors.  Even the long-time donors had to start somewhere. Any new experience has to be a bit scary. And no one is particularly fond of needles. So, we’re grateful for those who decide to give it a try. They recognize a little discomfort is minor compared to the chance to save another’s life. These first-timers may soon become long-timers.
  3. Donors who make appointments.  For platelet donation, an appointment is a necessity, but many of our blood donors use the donor website and schedule their donation. This helps us organize our day and keeps things running smoothly.
August 1, 2012

School supplies. Blood supply. If only they could be handled the same way.

Each August, stores bulge with back-to-school articles. For students, having all new items – crayons, pencils, notebooks, binders – fills them with a sense of excitement about starting the new year. School districts know that the best, if not the only, time to collect is at the start of the school year. Then they draw from these supplies for the next 10 months. 

But blood components can’t be collected just once a year. Blood is a living substance which loses its viability after time. Blood centers must collect components every day. In particular demand is the component called platelets.

June 1, 2012
Mark your calendars for World Blood Donor Day 2012, Monday June 14th a day dedicated to the big hearted blood donors who come in routinely to give the gift of life. Every year World Blood Donor Day honors life saving blood donors across the world in addition to bringing awareness to the need of safe blood and blood products. World Blood Donor day not only thanks our current donors but encourages others who have never donated or have not done so recently to come in and give life. Once they have given the gift of life we hope that they would make it part of a quarterly routine.  During the summer season blood banks across the nation see donations drop off. Many factors play into this including families on vacations and schools on summer break. Locally donations drop more than 23 percent.
May 7, 2012
Every summer, the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center (STBTC) prepares for a decline in donations. Because students account for such a big part of the donor base (23%), summer school closures plus the usual summer vacationing put a drain on an otherwise healthy blood supply, maintained by thousands of altruistic donors. So as you can imagine, STBTC is reaching out to all those people who may have thought of donation before but never got around to it (like you, maybe)to give it a shot in the arm, figuratively speaking.
All presenting donors during the month of May receive this Give of Yourself T-shirt.