South Texas Blood & Tissue Center asks for blood donations to ensure adequate supply
Local hospitals and the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center have been receiving phone calls from community members asking if blood is needed to share with the victims of the mass shooting in El Paso, and how to donate.
While the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center has helped supply blood in the past to other communities facing mass casualty situations, at this point we have not had a request to provide blood to El Paso.
However, blood centers across the country have been reporting blood shortages this summer, and supplies are critically low in South Texas as well – a situation that leaves communities vulnerable in the case of trauma situations involving multiple injuries, and highlights the need for increased donations.
The horrific incidents reported this week in El Paso, California and other communities are a reminder that it is critical to have blood on the shelves before tragedy strikes. This is necessary not only to ensure that blood is available in trauma situations, but also to meet the ongoing needs of patients scheduled for surgery, those who need blood as part of their regular cancer treatments, newborns and moms, and many other patients.
The South Texas Blood & Tissue Center’s main Donor Pavilion location at 6211 IH-10 West in San Antonio will be open on Sunday from 7:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Northeast Donor Room at 8500 Village Drive, Suite 102 in San Antonio will be open on Sunday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and the community is asked to go to SouthTexasBlood.org for information on donating and to make an appointment. All other San Antonio donor rooms, along with locations in New Braunfels and Victoria will be open on Monday.