Blood donations still in criticial need during COVID-19

Social distancing will be practiced at blood donations

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SAN ANTONIO – University Health System is already experiencing a sharp drop-off in donors due to COVID-19 creating a serious shortage in its blood supply.

Now is the time to donate blood if you can.

“People who are bleeding because of childbirth, because of major surgery, because of traumatic injury – that number is not going to change because we’ve shut down schools and limited visitation at hospitals,” said Dr. Donald Jenkins, a University Hospital trauma surgeon and UT Health San Antonio professor.

University Hospital’s Emergency Department averages 70,000 emergency patients each year and transfused 30,000 in 2017.

“COVID-19 is already causing critical blood shortages as people respond to social distancing messages by canceling blood drives and donations,” said Dr. Leslie Greebon, University Health System Medical Director of Transfusion Services.

Every time one donor gives blood, they are able to help University Health System save three lives.

“Looking for a way to help during an international health crisis? Traumas and transfusions don’t take a break during pandemics – give blood! Our team at University Health System has implemented careful social distancing and screening protocols to keep everyone safe, so donors must call ahead to make a donation appointment," said Elizabeth Allen, public relations manager at University Health System.

Blood donations are by appointment only.

Social distancing will be practiced at this event.

To make an appointment, visit or call 210-358-2812.

If you are unable to make it to University Hospital, UHS encourages you to contact South Texas Blood and Tissue Center to see if one of their locations is more convenient.

KSAT Community operates in partnership with University Health System, Energy Transfer and Randolph-Brooks Federal Credit Union.

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