08 January 2019
Media Advisory: Community blood inventory reaches critical low



Community blood inventory reaches critical low

BEDFORD, Texas (January 7, 2019) – The blood supply in the north, central and east Texas regions has reached a two-year low. The blood available is less than one day’s supply, and willing blood donors are necessary to prevent disruptions in patient care at area hospitals. Carter BloodCare is appealing to the greater community’s altruism as blood donors are an essential part of the health care fabric in our communities. Without volunteer donors, there is no other way to provide blood or platelet transfusions for patients.

“Carter BloodCare typically likes to see 1,000 donors each day in order to maintain the community blood supply at a safe and sufficient level,” said Doug Heath, director of lab operations, Carter BloodCare. “The week ahead shows an estimated 3,000 appointments short of that target. This is a situation that will not go away overnight.”

For the next week, all donors with blood types Rh negative (O-, A- and B-) are greatly needed. Blood type O Rh positive is also critically low; and that is concerning since it is the primary blood type used by trauma experts when massive blood transfusion is required.

Additionally, the nationwide network of community non-profit blood centers that makes itself available to other centers when blood shortages occur, is unable to support the North, Central and East Texas region Carter BloodCare serves. There is a widespread shortage of blood that can only be remedied by local blood donors showing up to give.  

 January is National Blood Donor Month – celebrated since 1970, as a time to honor the contributions of volunteer blood donors throughout the country. This is a good time for Texans to demonstrate their care and connection with community and make a blood donation appointment.

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 and older may give independently. Text or call 800-366-2834, or visit carterbloodcare.org to make an appointment.

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.