South Texas in high demand for blood donations

Blood donations have dropped due to spring break

VICTORIA, Texas – Hospitals in South Texas are needing blood transfusions at record levels as donations have dropped due to spring break around the corner. This causes serious risk for patients that are in desperate need of blood donors.

“Between multiple heart surgeries, a liver transplant, a pediatric heart transplant and an increase in trauma cases, we’re looking at less than a day’s supply for some blood types,” said Adrienne Mendoza, Vice President, Blood Operations at the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center, which is a subsidiary of San Antonio nonprofit BioBridge Global. “Hospitals are running full surgery schedules, and those additional demands are on top of the regular need for transfusions for cancer patients, new mothers and their babies.

Hospitals are in critical need of type O blood (universal blood donor type). All presenting donors can take home a $10 Amazon gift card as a thank-you gift and points in the South Texas Blood & Tissue Donor Store. All donations will be tested for COVID-19 antibodies as well, with results posted to the donor’s online profile.

The South Texas Blood & Tissue Center has dozens of appointments available this weekend at its Victoria donor room at 1109 Sam Houston Dr. As well as a handful of community blood drives. Donors can call 210-731-5590 or visit SouthTexasBlood.org to make an appointment. Same-day donations and walk-in donations are welcome as well.

This week, the center has:

  • Sent out almost 500 units of blood a day – almost 45% more than normal
  • Seen appointments to donate blood drop by 50 to 100 a day because of the disruption of schedules from spring break
  • Struggled to fill almost 200 open appointments a day

Don’t worry about donating blood if you’ve received a COVID-19 vaccine, you’re still eligible to donate to those in need.

Texans, let’s help our fellow Texan neighbors get out of this healthcare crisis by setting up an appointment today.