Alert: Emergency Blood Shortage; Donors Urgently Needed

March 11, 2019 – Texas Blood Institute is experiencing an emergency blood shortage and is issuing an urgent call for donors of all blood types.

Several days of winter weather, blood drive cancellations, and widespread illness, including a flu outbreak, have all contributed to a sharp downturn in donations.  Levels have reached a less than one-day supply. Typically, Texas Blood Institute maintains a three- to five-day supply for local hospitals.

“Because close to a quarter of our blood collections comes from school blood drives, school closings can be devastating to our inventory.  With Spring Break around the corner, our schools and universities will be out again, and many people will be leaving the state for vacation. So, it is imperative to replenish the supply right away,” said John Armitage, M.D., president and CEO of Texas Blood Institute.  “We are calling on all healthy adults to take about an hour of their time to give blood for our friends and neighbors in need.”

Texas Blood Institute encourages all healthy adults, age 16 and older, to donate blood as soon as they can. * 

Donors may visit Texas Blood Institute’s convenient donor center in Wichita Falls.  They can find a mobile drive in their area by clicking here, or they can make an appointment by calling 1-877-340-8777

Every two seconds, someone needs blood.  One donation saves up to three lives.  Volunteer donors with Texas Blood Institute exclusively provide every drop of blood needed for patients in eight major hospitals in the Texoma region. These patients rely on blood to survive an emergency injury or illness, or for ongoing treatment for cancer and other life-threatening diseases and conditions.

Texas Blood Institute has developed “Thank the Donor,” a unique web application that allows blood recipients to send messages of appreciation, photos, or videos to their individual blood donors.  To view messages from patients who are given hope, health, and healing through blood donation, please visit drawing-together.org to see their heartfelt appreciations.

Look for updates on this alert on Texas Blood Institute’s social media platforms. 

*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