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Recent News Articles

September 21, 2018
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The South Texas Blood & Tissue Center (STBTC) a subsidiary of nonprofit BioBridge Global (BBG), will be thanking blood and platelet donors with commemorative T-shirts through Sept. 30  The Center had a 20 percent reduction in collections during the summer months because schools were not in session and frequent donors were on vacation.

Last year, events including Hurricane Harvey and the tragedy of Southerland Springs affected the community blood supply, South Texas donors rallied to help area patients and hospitals who needed blood transfusions.

“Our volunteer donors have always answered the call to help, and last year was no different. Today is no different,” said Dr. Samantha Gomez Ngamsuntikul, STBTC associate medical director. “We wanted a donor thank-you gift that would recognize and thank our donors for their resiliency and commitment to always helping patients and neighbors in need.”

GenCure and H-E-B join worldwide effort to find lifesaving transplants for leukemia and other blood cancer patients
September 13, 2018
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On Saturday Sept. 15, San Antonio will be the site of the largest coordinated World Marrow Donor Day registry drive in the world.  World Marrow Donor Day is an international effort to thank donors worldwide and educate and encourage the public to join the global registry and become stem cell donors. Volunteer donors who are a match will donate stem cells or bone marrow to aid patients with leukemia, lymphoma, and other blood cancers.

GenCure, a subsidiary of nonprofit BioBridge Global, is partnering with H-E-B and Be The Match to host marrow donor registration drives at 16 H-E-B locations for World Marrow Donor Day. The drives will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Donors, patients and patient families will share their stories about how the registry affected their lives.

Blood supply critically low
August 28, 2018

South Texas Blood & Tissue Center (STBTC), a subsidiary of BioBridge Global, is asking all type O blood donors to make a donation now. Donations are not keeping up with patient needs, and recent traumas and traffic accidents have dramatically reduced the community blood supply. While O-negative is known as the universal blood type, those collections are especially challenging because O-negative donors make up only seven percent of the population.

To accommodate blood donors, on Wednesday, all six San Antonio and New Braunfels donor rooms are opening early at 8:30 a.m.

As the Labor Day holiday weekend approaches, when many travelers are on the road and accidents increase, the need for an adequate blood supply is critical. And the shortage isn’t just in South Texas – blood centers across the country are in short supply of type O.

Just One Month After Announcement, QualTex Implements Changes
August 22, 2018
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QualTex Laboratories is up and running with new guidance for testing blood donations for the Zika virus, just weeks after the Food and Drug Administration issued revised recommendations for blood centers.

In July, the FDA distributed a Guidance for Industry permitting the use of “minipool” testing for Zika, in which samples from a small group of donors are combined and tested for the presence of Zika virus antibodies. Since Zika testing began in 2016, all donations had been required to be tested individually.

The new minipool Zika method began at QualTex Laboratories facilities in San Antonio and Norcross, Georgia, on Aug. 16. QualTex performs blood testing for the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center (STBTC), as well as blood and plasma centers throughout the United States.

August 14, 2018
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The South Texas Blood & Tissue Center is joining with H-E-B in a pilot program to promote health and replenish iron levels for teenage blood donors in South Texas.

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