Parents of 3-year-old fighting leukemia hope daughter’s story encourages people to donate blood
At just 3 years old, Amy Markovsky is fighting the battle of her life after a diagnosis that left her parents fearing the worst. But though she is small, she is also mighty and resilient as her prognosis is favorable.
Blood donors sought as San Antonio Metro Health declares blood emergency in city
SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio Metro Health has declared a blood emergency in the city, as the recent winter weather has left San Antonio and South Texas in a blood shortage emergency. Health officials said there is not enough blood on hand to treat trauma cases and patients who need emergency surgeries and procedures which require blood. At least 2,000 donations have been lost by donor room closures and the cancellation of blood drives, health officials said. Health officials said all donors will receive a $20 Amazon gift card through Sunday, Feb. 21, as well as donor reward points. Health officials said all donors are asked to keep their appointments or call 210-731-5590 to reschedule and open a time for someone else to give.
New mom credits blood donations for saving her life
Last summer, two weeks after their first-born, Logan Cooper Barton, came into their lives, Julie Barton suffered a serious complication. Mobile plasma drive makes donating convenient for hard hit communities“Knowing that the blood supply was low, I was very fearful,” Julie Barton said. She said she’d heard news reports about the chronic blood shortages at the South Texas Blood and Tissue Center due to the pandemic. Despite that, Barton said she received the blood transfusions and plasma she needed because of someone being generous enough to give blood. And what a better gift than giving the gift of life?”You can find information about how and where to donate blood on the South Texas Blood and Tissue website by clicking here.
Family of liver transplant patient urges blood donations from community
SAN ANTONIO The need for blood donations during the COVID-19 pandemic continues to grow, but health restrictions are causing more blood drives to be canceled. This can have a lasting impact on those that need the blood the most, including a local 20-year-old woman that is in need of a liver transplant for a second time. Her familys concern is that the lack of blood drives will affect her much-needed treatment or continue to cause further delays in the transplant surgery. The Hill family said they arent just pushing for blood donations for their daughter, but other cancer and liver transplant patients across Texas. RELATED: If you donate blood at the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center, you can get a free COVID-19 antibody test
UHS urges blood donations under loosened FDA guidelines
Earlier this month, the FDA modified some restrictions in an effort to increase the blood supply during the COVID-19 pandemic. The following changes were implemented on April 2:For those with recent tattoos and piercings: the agency is changing the recommended deferral period from 12 months to 3 months. For those who have traveled to malaria-endemic areas (and are residents of malaria non-endemic countries): the agency is changing the recommended deferral period from 12 months to 3 months. In addition, the guidance provides notice of an alternate procedure that permits the collection of blood and blood components from such donors without a deferral period, provided the blood components are pathogen-reduced using an FDA-approved pathogen reduction device. For male donors who would have been deferred for having sex with another man: the agency is changing the recommended deferral period from 12 months to 3 months.
Blood donor candidates urged to keep appointment
SAN ANTONIO – The South Texas Blood and Tissue Center has a message for folks who have scheduled an appointment to donate blood -- keep that appointment. Officials said once you’ve made an appointment, do all you can to be there. “We’re trying to keep up with hospital needs,” Roger Ruiz, a spokesman for the center, said. "(We’re trying to keep) 10 to 15 days supply of blood on the shelves. The center has five locations in San Antonio and one in New Braunfels.
South Texas Blood & Tissue Center holds week-long blood drive to build supply amid coronavirus outbreak
SAN ANTONIO – The South Texas Blood & Tissue Center is holding a week-long community blood drive in hopes of building up a 15-20 day blood supply amid the coronavirus outbreak. SAQ: Why blood donations are so important during the coronavirus pandemicThe blood drive will be held at the San Antonio Shrine Auditorium, near the intersection of Loop 1604 and Highway 281, between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m from March 23 to March 27. Health officials: South Texas blood supply at risk of collapsing due to lack of donationsThe STBTC must collect over 400 units of blood to help patients, health officials have said. STBC has added additional sanitation measures and temperature checks of potential donors and staff as they enter facilities, officials said. The community blood drive is a partnership between STBC, Alzafar Shriners and South Texas Spine & Surgical Hospital.
Coronavirus concerns could spark a blood donation shortage. Here’s why you should keep donating blood and not worry
Coronavirus concerns could spark a blood donation shortage. Here’s why you should keep donating blood and not worryPublished: March 10, 2020, 10:14 pmThe South Texas Blood & Tissue Center said it’s making changes to ensure donors are safe when they visit their donation locations in light of COVID-19 concerns.
Over 3,200 blood donations received in response to emergency plea
SAN ANTONIO – South Texans helped relieve the ‘critically low’ blood shortage in the city, making 3,229 donations to help restock area hospitals. This comes after representatives with the South Texas Blood and Tissue Center said they were only one major trauma accident away from depleting its blood supply just last week. However, the need for blood donations is still urgent. 'Critically low’ blood shortage in San Antonio continuesHealth officials said there is still a strain on supplies and just one major car accident has the potential to wipe out the area’s blood supply in just a few hours. Help save a life during National Blood Donor Month with blood donationsCommunity partners, such as schools, businesses, civic groups and churches are also urged to host blood drives.