Texas Blood Institute Issues Urgent Call for Blood Donors

February 22, 2018 – The winter weather, hazardous road conditions, closings and cancellations that affected the region this week are critically impacting Texas Blood Institute’s supply of life-saving blood. Now that the weather has cleared, Texas Blood Institute urgently needs donors of all blood types to give blood as soon as they can to help replenish the supply.*

Over the last three days, only about half of the donors needed to maintain the blood supply have been able to donate.  As a result, Texas Blood Institute must recover from that deficit while still maintaining our regular blood needs.

“The urgency for patients is going to continue for the next several days until our inventory rebounds,” said Dr. John Armitage, M.D., president and CEO of Texas Blood Institute.  “We know we can rely on our donors who have the reputation of having a heart for helping neighbors in need.”

Due to the urgency of the situation, Texas Blood Institute has extended its hours at the Wichita Falls donor center.  The center will be open until 6:00 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 23 and until 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 24.  Donors can also give at any mobile drive.  Search for drives in your area by clicking here. 

As a non-profit blood center, Texas Blood Institute’s donors provide every drop of blood needed for patients in eight hospitals in the Texoma region.

Appointments are not required but can be made by calling Texas Blood Institute at 877-340-8777 or clicking here.

*16 year olds must weigh at least 125 pounds and provide signed parental permission; 17 year olds must weigh at least 125 pounds; 18+ year olds must weigh at least 110 pounds

Be Strong, Bold, Fearless: Give Blood

February 1, 2018 ─ Texas Blood Institute is looking for local heroes who are strong, bold, and fearless to help save lives. 

February 1st through May 13th, all Texas Blood Institute blood donors will receive their choice of t-shirt in “Strong” olive, “Bold” maroon, or “Fearless” teal.  Healthy adults, age sixteen and up, are encouraged to give blood.*

“Accidents happen. People are battling cancer. Babies are born prematurely,” said Daren Coats, vice president of Western Division Operations, Texas Blood Institute. “The need for blood is constant, and there is no substitute.  Unfortunately, until we know that someone is fighting for life, we just don’t think about how critical it is.”

Only ten percent of people in the United States who are eligible to give blood actually do.  Blood donation takes just about an hour, and each donation can save the lives of up to three patients.  Whole blood can be donated every 56 days.  Platelet donations can be made as often as every 7 days, up to 24 times a year. 

Donors also receive free health screenings and Donor Rewards points, redeemable at Texas Blood Institute’s online store.  If donors opt not to take the t-shirt, Texas Blood Institute will make a monetary donation to Global Blood Fund for blood center assistance in developing countries.

As a non-profit blood center, Texas Blood Institute’s donors provide every drop of blood needed for patients in eight hospitals in the Texoma region.

Appointments are not required but can be made by calling Texas Blood Institute at 877-340-8777, visiting our Wichita Falls donor center, or clicking here to find a mobile blood drive.

*16-year-olds must weigh at least 125 pounds and provide signed parental permission; 17-year-olds must weigh at least 125 pounds; 18+ year olds must weigh at least 110 pounds.

Flu Epidemic Impacting Blood Supply, Healthy Blood Donors Needed Now

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ─  The flu epidemic affecting Texas is negatively impacting the blood supply.  Because so many of our regular donors are ill, or taking care of sick family members, they’ve been unable to give blood.  Additionally, the widespread flu is forcing school closures, and parents are unable to keep their blood donation appointments.  All of this puts even more strain on the blood supply.

Texas Blood Institute is urging all healthy adults, ages sixteen and up*, to give blood.  Blood donors who have been diagnosed with flu should wait seven days since their last symptoms to give blood.  Donors may give blood the same day they receive a flu vaccine.

Beginning February 1st, all Texas Blood Institute blood donors will receive their choice of a new, trendy t-shirt in one of three featured colors, “Strong” olive, “Bold” maroon, or “Fearless” teal. 

“The flu has hit our state particularly hard, but the need for blood remains constant, and there is no substitute,” said John Armitage, M.D., president and CEO of Texas Blood Institute. “That’s why we are calling on all donors who are able to give blood, or those who have never given before, to stop by one of our donor centers or mobile blood drives.  If you have recovered from the flu, or been unaffected by it, we urge you to use your good health to save lives today.”

Only ten percent of people in the United States who are eligible to give blood actually do.  Blood donation takes only about an hour, and each donation can save the lives of up to three patients. 

As part of the nation’s 9th largest non-profit blood center, Texas Blood Institute serves eight hospitals in the Texoma region.  Appointments to give blood aren’t required but can be made by calling 877.340.8777 or clicking here to schedule an appointment online.

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*16-year-olds must weigh at least 125 pounds and provide signed parental permission; 17-year-olds must weigh at least 125 pounds; 18+ year-olds must weigh at least 110 pounds

 

Unprecedented Flooding, Hurricane Harvey Prompt Immediate Need for Blood Donors

(Updated) August 28, 2017 ─ Catastrophic flooding in Houston and the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey are prompting Texas Blood Institute to issue an immediate call for blood donors of all blood types.  Blood centers in Houston and other affected areas are unable to collect blood, and Texas Blood Institute is taking part in the nationwide relief effort to help shore up the life-saving blood supply.

Texas Blood Institute has already sent 300 units of blood and 25 units of platelets to areas affected by flooding, and has been asked to provide 400 more units this week.  This can only be done if generous donors step up and become part of the disaster response. A major problem blood centers in Southeast Texas are facing is transporting blood to hospitals.  Texas Blood Institute is working with a Dallas-based blood center to help transport the blood to hospitals and patients who need it.

“Blood centers affected by this disaster could be shut down for days or weeks,” said John Armitage, M.D., President and CEO of Texas Blood Institute. “Texas Blood Institute is ready to help our neighbors dealing with this unprecedented flooding in Houston, and we know that we can count on our donors to make the commitment to give blood or platelets.”

Donors can give blood at Texas Blood Institute’s donor center in Wichita Falls at 3709 Gregory Street, or at any mobile blood drive.

Texas Blood Institute is joining blood centers across the U.S. in the flood relief efforts, as part of AABB’s Interorganizational Task Force on Domestic Disasters and Acts of Terrorism, which ensures safe and adequate blood product inventories are in place at all times in preparation for disasters and assesses the need for collections and/or transportation of blood should a disaster occur.

Texas Blood Institute is part of the 9th largest, non-profit blood center in the United States.  It relies solely on volunteer blood donors each day to serve all major hospitals in the Texoma region. 

Appointments to give blood aren’t required but can be made by calling 877.340.8777 or booking online.

*16-year-olds must weigh at least 125 pounds and provide signed parental permission; 17-year-olds must weigh at least 125 pounds; 18+ year-olds must weigh at least 110 pounds

WEATHER ALERT- Tropical Storm Cindy: Texas Blood Institute Assists With Blood Need

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 21, 2017 ─ As Tropical Storm Cindy threatens millions of people throughout the Gulf Coast, Texas Blood Institute is answering a call for additional life-saving blood from centers that service the areas threatened by this powerful storm.

Texas Blood Institute immediately shipped more than 300 total units of blood to blood centers that serve New Orleans, other areas of Louisiana and parts of the Gulf Coast region in Texas.  The majority of the blood was sent to New Orleans, for critical needs in case of medical emergencies during the storm.

“It is not unusual for the Texas Blood Institute to be contacted when there are natural disasters in our country,” said John Armitage, M.D., president and CEO of Texas Blood Institute. “Because of the generosity of our own blood donors, we can provide blood to our neighbors when it’s needed.”

Texas Blood Institute depends solely on volunteer blood donors to serve all major hospitals in the Texoma region.

Anyone age 16 and older, and in generally good health, can typically give blood.* To schedule an appointment to give blood, call 1-877-340-8777, or visit txbi.org. Walk-ins are always welcome.

*16 year olds must weigh at least 125 pounds and provide signed parental permission; 17 year olds must weigh at least 125 pounds; 18+ year olds must weigh at least 110 pounds
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June 14 is World Blood Donor Day

June 2, 2017 - World Blood Donor Day is proclaimed on June 14 by the World Health Organization and AABB. World Blood Donor Day is recognized by hundreds of blood centers around the world, including Texas Blood Institute, TBI.

“We encourage everyone to acknowledge World Blood Donor Day with the selfless act of blood donation,” said John Armitage, M.D., Texas Blood Institute president and CEO.  “We seldom take time to think about the life-saving difference a secure blood supply makes.  Countries around the world and even other states in our nation are not as fortunate as we are to have loyal blood donors.”

Of those eligible to donate blood, less than 10 percent give annually. Yet, people who are healthy and 16 years or older*, can typically donate. Blood can be given every 56 days. Texas Blood Institute provides every drop of blood needed by patients in some 8 medical facilities across the state.

Schedule your life-saving blood donation today at a donor center or mobile drive near you. 


However, any donor can forgo the T-shirt offered in appreciation for giving.  In turn, Texas Blood Institute, TBI will make a monetary donation of similar value to Global Blood Fund, a 501(c)(3) charity organization that procures blood center supplies to developing countries to maintain a safe blood supply. It’s a chance to ‘doubly give’ to those who need the life-saving gift of blood worldwide. Donors may also text “BLOOD” to 52000 to text $10 to Global Blood Fund.

Most recently, Global Blood Fund has donated remodeled bloodmobiles to Sri Lanka and Mexico, and is arranging to send bloodmobiles to four other countries so that donors who have never had access before can give blood.  In late May, blood bags and other center supplies were distributed in the country of Ghana in Africa.

* To give blood, 16 year olds must weigh at least 125 and provide signed parental permission, 17 year olds must weigh at least 125 pounds, 18+ year olds must weigh at least 110 pounds.
For Text 2 Give terms and conditions, visit globalbloodfund.org/help/Text-2-Give.

IMMEDIATE NEED FOR O-NEGATIVE BLOOD DONORS

January 26, 2017 ─ Recent news reports addressed the nation’s blood needs. 

Texas Blood Institute provides blood to more than 30 of our state’s medical facilities and has an immediate need for O-negative blood.

Texas Blood Institute is urging donors to Keep It Local by giving blood at Texas Blood Institute donor center locations and mobile blood drives.

Texas Blood Institute, a non-profit blood center, relies solely on volunteer blood donations to meet the needs of patients across the state. 

Appointments aren’t required but can be made by calling 877.340.8777 or clicking here.

**16-year-olds must weigh at least 125 pounds and provide signed parental permission; 17-year-olds must weigh at least 125 pounds; 18+ year-olds must weigh at least 110 pounds

WINTER ALERT: Weather Impacts Blood Supply, Donors Urged to Give

January 6, 2017 – As winter weather grips the state, delays and cancellations are negatively impacting Texas Blood Institute’s supply of life-saving blood.

Texas Blood Institute urges healthy adults who get out as roads are cleared to give blood and platelets.  Platelets are especially needed since they only have a five-day shelf life. They are used for cancer patients and others suffering from life-threatening blood disorders.  Texas Blood Institute strongly urges donors to give platelets to help replenish the supply for local hospitals. 

Donors can find a center or mobile drive in their area by clicking here, or make an appointment immediately by calling 1-877-340-8777. 

Texas Blood Institute provides every drop of blood needed for patients in all Texoma area hospitals.

**16 year olds must weigh at least 125 pounds and provide signed parental permission; 17 year olds must weigh at least 125 pounds; 18+ year olds must weigh at least 110 pounds

Bob Grant