Only four percent of blood donors currently giving
Blood supply sees 30-year low, only four percent of blood donors giving
Blood is essential and can’t be manufactured. If it could be, that would be necessary right now. Only four percent of individuals who could donate blood are actually doing so. Additionally, in 30 years, the blood supply has never seen such a chronic low as it has since the beginning of the pandemic. New volunteer blood donors are urgently needed to revitalize a local blood supply and save more Texas patients’ lives.
Summer is a traditionally slow season for blood donations and 2021 is compounded by the already severe blood supply shortage. All Texans are encouraged to make an appointment or walk in to donate blood, and bring friends, workout buddies or family when they come. Most of the blood collected in one day is shipped out within a day or two. There are still limited reserves.
Donors can complete the medical history questionnaire online on the day of donation, before arriving to give blood. If donors had a COVID-19 vaccination, they are still eligible to donate blood.
Carter BloodCare staff and unvaccinated donors are required to wear facial coverings at blood drives or donation centers, except when temperature is taken during screening, or when eating and drinking after the donation. Vaccinated donors are strongly encouraged to continue wearing masks. Carter BloodCare will comply with required mask mandates, as applicable.
Potential blood donors may volunteer at age 16 with parental consent; 17-year-olds can give independently and there is no upper age limit. For more information on donor eligibility and to make an appointment, call 1-800-366-2834 or visit carterbloodcare.org.
Carter BloodCare believes personal stories are powerful ways to encourage someone to give blood. Share your story at carterbloodcare.org/tellusyourstory/ and inspire others to donate blood this August.
About Carter BloodCare
Carter BloodCare is an independent, community blood center providing transfusion resources to more than 180 medical facilities in 50-plus counties of North, Central and East Texas. The non-profit 501(c)(3) organization is one of the largest blood programs in Texas, delivering more than 450,000 blood products annually to meet hospitals’ requirements for their patients. Services include collection, processing, specialized laboratory testing, storage and distribution of blood and blood products.
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