28 May 2020

More hospital procedures already putting strain on precious blood supply

According to President and CEO of Carter BloodCare, Dr. Merlyn Sayers, these are crisis times for the community blood supply. Our ability to meet the urgent transfusion needs of patients is in severe jeopardy.

27 April 2020

Local hospitals, Medical Society partner with blood center to collect plasma from recovered COVID-19 patients

Two east Texans that survived COVID-19 were the first in the area to donate their convalescent plasma with Carter BloodCare’s East Texas operation Thursday, April 23rd.  Plasma collected from recently recovered individuals diagnosed with COVID-19 is being used as an experimental treatment for seriously ill COVID-19 patients who are not responding to other medical interventions. Carter BloodCare is working with doctors, hospitals and the Smith County Medical Society (SCMS) to encourage individuals who have recovered from COVID-19, to register as potential convalescent plasma donors so that more patients can have access to the investigational treatment.  

13 April 2020

Change in Donor Eligibility Rules Are Coming

On April 2, 2020, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which sets guidelines for blood donor eligibility in the United States, announced new guidelines. These new rules will allow many individuals, previously not eligible to give blood, to start donating. Although the changes are allowed by FDA to be effective immediately, blood centers such as Carter BloodCare need time to write procedures, modify their computer systems, and train their staff on how to implement these changes safely. 

Here at Carter BloodCare we are very excited about these changes, and are working on implementing them as soon as we possibly can, but it will take several weeks (possibly even months) to get them in place.

07 April 2020

Gateway Church hosts three-day blood drives over six weeks during COVID-19 pandemic

Gateway Church is opening its doors to the community for blood donations in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Its leaders are encouraging people to #bravethemoment and give blood because it is an eligible “essential” activity during shelter-in-place orders. Blood is an vital resource to the healthcare providers and it can’t be manufactured. It must come from volunteer donors.

31 March 2020

A Statement from Carter BloodCare on Convalescent Plasma

Carter BloodCare is working with doctors and hospitals to facilitate the collection of convalescent plasma under the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Emergency Investigational New Drug (eIND) guidance. The FDA’s web site outlines the protocols for physicians who want to participate in the Investigational COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma - Emergency INDs.

12 March 2020

“We need people to start turning out in force to give blood.”

“We need people to start turning out in force to give blood.” That urgent call-to-action coming from Peter Marks, M.D., Ph.D., director of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, as fear about the coronavirus is keeping people from wanting to donate blood.

Over the past week, blood centers throughout the country are experiencing a significant drop in donations which is limiting the ability for the nation’s blood supply to be adequately replenished.

12 March 2020

A Message from President and CEO Dr. Merlyn Sayers

Blood donation remains safe. The first line of protection for the blood supply is the routine health screening of donors. This includes our asking if you are healthy and feeling well on the day of donation. If you have any symptoms of illness, including cold or flu, you should not present to give blood. Blood donors are routinely screened for temperature, pulse rate, blood pressure and hemoglobin. Carter BloodCare encourages all eligible blood donors to make and keep appointments; and for sponsors to continue hosting blood drives.

10 March 2020

Coronavirus Fears Put Nation’s Blood Supply at Risk

Concerns over the coronavirus are negatively impacting the nation’s blood supply and it has blood centers around the country appealing to the public that now is the time to donate.

 

 

08 March 2020

Carter BloodCare responds to shortage due to COVID-19

Carter BloodCare has responded to a plea for help from a Seattle-area community blood center by shipping 100 units of type O Rh positive blood. Bloodworks Northwest is responsible for supplying blood products to hospitals that are in the middle of ground zero for the COVID-19 outbreak in the U.S. The blood program reported 12 canceled blood drives by one of the region’s largest employers. Additionally, schools and universities have closed and businesses are implementing employee telecommuting. One blood banking executive called it ‘the perfect storm for a blood shortage.’

06 March 2020

Carter BloodCare remains vigilant during evolving COVID-19 outbreak

Carter BloodCare recognizes that there are concerns surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak. As your community blood center, be reassured that we are closely monitoring disease progression. We have daily communications with AABB, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The blood banking community members also remain in close contact with each other about best practices. Carter BloodCare’s mission is at the heart of what we do – saving lives by making transfusion possible.