SAN ANTONIO – June 14, 2021, marks World Blood Donor Day and the South Texas Blood and Tissue Center is inviting the neighborhood to donate blood.
“Our blood situation has been critical for some time. It’s been very difficult for us to host blood drives, as we’ve used to do with high schools and universities being closed for on-campus settings over the course of the pandemic. That’s really affected blood donation,” mentioned Adrienne Mendoza, vice chairman of blood operations on the South Texas Blood and Tissue Center.
The “World Blood Donor Day” is a day to lift consciousness about giving blood and to thank donors for their lifesaving present.
The day carries a deeper which means for the blood financial institution, as sufferers’ want for blood outpaces donations.
“We’re at about 1.5 days, so 1 1/2 day supply of blood and we like to be at least three days of supply,” Mendoza mentioned.
Mendoza mentioned there are various the reason why blood demand is up.
“We’ve seen as much as a 20% increase in the need for blood because people are going back into the hospital after having delayed surgeries and also our community has grown over this last year,” Mendoza mentioned.
While blood donations assist sufferers going via remedies and these concerned in accidents, Mendoza mentioned it’s important throughout tragedies just like the one which occurred in Austin this weekend.
“We had the mass shooting over the weekend in Austin that really concerned us because we are so critical and really not able to effectively meet the needs of the community right now,” Mendoza mentioned.
Mendoza mentioned she hopes individuals come out and donate.
“You may not know the person who receives the blood you give, but you know you’re making an impact and you’re giving back to the community and helping someone who truly does need it,” Mendoza mentioned.
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Blood donations, particularly sorts O destructive and constructive, are nonetheless urgently wanted
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