'Critically low’ blood shortage in San Antonio continues

Elective surgeries could be on hold due to lack of donations

SAN ANTONIO – South Texas is continuing to fall short in receiving blood donations.

Representatives with the South Texas Blood and Tissue Center said they are still only one major trauma accident away from depleting its blood supply.

The center opened all of its donor rooms over the weekend due to the dire need.

“That’s scary,” Jason Nydegger, a blood donor, said. “It really is.”

Nydegger donates blood regularly and said it’s terrifying with how low the supply level got this week.

The low supply level prompted the STBTC and University Hospital to issue an emergency call for donations on Tuesday.

“At University Hospital, we are critically low at this point,” Leslie Greebon, executive chief of transfusion services at University Heath System, said. “If we continue to go down, we’ll have to consider canceling elective surgeries this week.”

Mary Uhlig, with the STBTC, calls what caused the shortage a ‘perfect storm.’


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