The South Texas Blood & Tissue Center continues to follow reports from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and other health agencies on coronavirus and the illness called COVID-19, and are responding with steps needed to protect the health of donors, staff and the communities we serve.
We are urgently asking donors to continue to donate blood if they are well and healthy. A blood shortage in South Texas would pose a serious health risk to many patients who can’t wait for coronavirus to go away. Your lifesaving donation helps ensure that lifesaving blood is available for cancer patients, car accident victims, moms delivering newborns and many other patients in need.
Blood donations continue to be considered an “essential city function,” as designated by San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg.
If you are a recovered COVID-19 patient, learn how you can help other patients fight severe forms of the virus. Click here.
Your health should always be a priority, not just for your own well being, but also because it allows you to continue to save lives through blood donation. Here are a few tips to help you stay healthy.
Continue to monitor your health and seek medical attention if you display any of the CDC says symptoms of COVID-19 infection or the flu. If you feel any of these symptoms, you should stay home and call your healthcare provider.
Symptoms of COVID-19:
Below you will also find safety protocols we’ve implemented to keep you safe before, during and after the donation process.
The Donation Process
To ensure you’re up-to-date on the coronavirus outbreak, here is additional information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Texas Department of State Health Services and San Antonio Metro Health.
For more than 45 years, the nonprofit South Texas Blood & Tissue Center has focused on a critical purpose: to save and improve lives.
Inspired by a group of physicians, our organization was formed to provide blood to the South Texas region – ensuring a safe and adequate blood supply through proper testing, storage and distribution to hospitals. This essential service allows front-line workers to focus on the direct care of patients, with confidence that this lifesaving resource will be there when it’s needed most.
But we didn’t stop there. Over the years, we’ve evolved as the needs of our patients and hospitals have changed, driven to save lives in as many ways as possible.
We couldn’t do this without donors like you. We understand that the gift of donation is a personal, powerful choice that has the potential to touch a life. Today, we offer many ways to make a difference that include:
Our team has also expanded its programs, partnering with leaders within the healthcare industry to develop a wide range of therapies. We’ve recently developed programs to collect and distribute COVID-19 convalescent plasma, as well as improve trauma care.