10 April 2021
Good Morning Texas

Good Morning Texas: Carter BloodCare's Veronica Moore interviews with Jane McGarry on blood supply emergency

Carter BloodCare is still attempting to replenish the blood supply, and GTM came through in a big way to let viewers know the need is still GREAT and ongoing.

10 April 2021
Fort Worth Magazine

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Blood supply has been down for Carter BloodCare due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but after winter storms wreaked havoc on Texas in February, resulting in four straight days without a single donation, the Bedford-based nonprofit is now facing what it’s calling “the worst blood shortage in decades.”

04 February 2019

More than 500 units of blood used at Hillcrest ER in 2018


While many of us hope to never end up there, the emergency room at Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest is open 24/7 to anyone who needs it.

"You never know what you're going to get," said Dr. Shannon Essler, who works in the ER. "We're here to take care of anybody who walks in, anyone who arrives by ambulance. It can be fast-paced, it can be slow-paced, it can be Christmas or it can be Monday." 

Essler said they see everything from the sniffles to people seriously injured in car accidents.

Recently, Essler saw someone who was hit by a car. She said they were given several units of blood to keep them alive.

"When you see blood coming out from the patient everywhere, you just have to replenish it as much as you can," Essler said. "Honestly, the people who need that much blood, it's hard to keep count because it just keeps coming from the blood bank."

Kathy Patterson is the blood bank supervisor at Hillcrest.

She said they sent about 4,500 units of blood throughout the hospital in 2018. More than 500 of those units went to the ER.

"A day, we have about 100 units or more," Patterson said. "We give 10 to 12 units, on average."

But Patterson said that changes the moment someone arrives in the ER with serious injuries.

"We do have times where we do massive transfusions," Patterson said. "The traumas come in and they'll use quite a bit at one time. I think our top was 90 at one point."

Essler said they must remain calm and collected while working in the ER to get patients safely to the operating room. 

A single blood donation is critical to their success.

"We're here to take care of patients and we're here to take care of them to the best of our ability," Essler said. "We use all the resources that we have, including donated blood. It's much appreciated and it helps us do our job."

The Providence Healthcare blood bank carries anywhere from 150 to 180 units a day.

Dr. Brent Bauer is the orthopedic trauma medical director at Providence. He said the hospital goes through about 300 units of blood each month. About 75 of those units go to the emergency room.

He said many trauma patients end up needing even more once they're moved to a different spot in the hospital for further treatment.

"Critically injured patients with active bleeding, blood transfusion is one of the very important requirements that is started in the emergency room and then as patients go to the operating room to stop the bleeding, they have significant ongoing requirements for blood," Bauer said.

Carter Bloodcare is the sole provider of blood for Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest.

Central Texas News Now will host a blood drive with Carter Bloodcare on Jan. 31 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Donors will receive a Dallas Mavericks shirt and a BOGO ticket voucher.

For more information on Carter Bloodcare, click here

Copyright 2019 KXXV. All rights reserved.

04 February 2019

Mother grateful for blood donors after daughter born months early at 2 pounds

When you donate blood, you easily save up to three lives with your donation. But where does that blood go? Some of it goes to the NICU where newborn babies receive blood transfusions. 

Evette Peel enjoys quiet moments with her baby girl, La'Zayuria. She's a blessing who arrived on Jan. 1, two months early, weighing just 2 pounds, 10 ounces. 

"I prayed a lot and all I've got to say is God is good," Peel said.

The NICU at Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest is the only home La'Zayuria knows. She's spent the last four weeks there getting to know her mom.

Peel visits her daughter daily for three to four hours at a time.

"She's doing good," Peel said. "She's growing fast."

La'Zayuria now weighs more than three pounds - almost a month after her birth.

She's getting stronger each day, but she doesn't have enough healthy red blood cells to carry oxygen to the rest of her body.

"She's anemic, that's why she needed the transfusion," Peel said. "I'm glad she got it and I'm glad it saved her life and I hope it saves other babies lives as well."

The Hillcrest Blood Bank sent about 100 syringes of blood to the NICU in 2018.

"A lot of preterm babies don't have enough blood cells to create their own and we take some by doing lab draws so a lot of babies are going to end up needing a blood transfusion at some point during their stay," said Andrea Dossey, a neonatal nurse practitioner at Hillcrest. 

Dossey said two out of five babies who stay at the NICU end up needing a transfusion. 

"There are certain things we can do to medically manage these babies without having to give them the blood transfusion, but a lot of times it really complicates things," Dossey said. "The baby's health can really deteriorate without that blood component. We need to give them blood to help them feed better, get them off of oxygen."

Peel is grateful to the donor who helped save her daughter's life. She's hoping to bring La'Zayuria home to meet her big sister at the end of February. 

"I'm very, very thankful. All that worry is just going out the door because I know that she's okay, she's with me," Peel said. "When I look at her eyes, I see all the angels that are with her. That's all I see."

Carter Bloodcare is the sole provider of blood for Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest.

Central Texas News Now will host a blood drive with Carter Bloodcare on Jan. 31 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Donors will receive a Dallas Mavericks shirt and a BOGO ticket voucher.

For more information on Carter Bloodcare, click here

Copyright 2019 KXXV. All rights reserved.


25 January 2019

KXXV community drive inspires news story, tells what happens to donated blood

WACO, Texas (January 25, 2019) – With the new year comes a new calendar, new resolutions and new hope for health. The year also starts off with National Blood Donor Month – celebrated since 1970 when President Richard Nixon declared it a time to honor the contributions of volunteer blood donors throughout the country. When marking the 2019 calendar for holidays, birthdays and special events, consider marking the calendar for blood donation, too. KXXV News decided to mark January with a blood drive of its own, complete with news coverage leading up to the drive to help folks understand how lives are saved with each donation.

KXXV News Channel 25 is hosting a blood drive from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, January 31 at 1909 South New Road in the parking lot on the Carter BloodCare bus. For more information or to schedule an appointment time, contact Sylvia Villareal at (979) 820-1190.

Carter BloodCare says blood donors can return as often as every 56 days. Additionally, blood types that are Rh negative (A-, B-, O-, AB-) occur less frequently in the population, so blood centers can run low on these types.

An increasing number of cancer treatment facilities are opening throughout north, central and east Texas. Cancer patients are often administered platelet transfusions, to counter the side effects of treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation. Carter BloodCare urges blood donors to consider giving platelets and to speak with a staff member about your eligibility for this type of donation. Platelets have a five-day shelf life, so your donation will assist a patient within days of your giving it.

Eat a nutritious meal and drink plenty of water one to two hours before giving blood. Standard eligibility requirements are a minimum weight of 110 pounds, the donor feels well that day and presents a government-issued photo ID at each donation. Potential blood donors may volunteer at age 16 with parental consent; 17-year-olds may give independently; and there is no upper age limit for donating blood. For more information on donor eligibility and to make an appointment, call 1-800-366-2834 or visit carterbloodcare.org.

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 300,000 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. The program is accredited by the AABB, including a laboratory with accreditation for molecular testing of red cell antigens. It is licensed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and is a member of America’s Blood Centers.


16 August 2018

North Texas teen donates more than 8 gallons of blood, setting age record

MANSFIELD, Texas (WFAA) -- Charles Kemp strolls through the door of the Carter BloodCare center at least once every two weeks on a mission.

Tuesday, the 18-year-old saw his 18-month goal become a reality. "I'm reaching my eight gallons today," Kemp told WFAA.

11 July 2017

Smith County sheriff's detective donating kidney to his partner

TYLER, Texas (KETK) - An incredible bond between two Smith County detectives is saving one of their lives.

One of them was hurt in the line of duty and needs an organ transplant and the other is giving the gift of life to his partner.