Carter BloodCare donor centers throughout East Texas have re-opened following closings forced by freezing weather that also aborted blood drives. Although the collection facilities were closed, the demand for blood never slacked, and supplies are low in area hospitals and clinics.
Carter BloodCare serves fifty-six counties and more than 200 medical facilities, and despite assistance from the Dallas/Ft. Worth and Waco facilities the shortage remains because of closings forced by inclement weather all across the northern half of Texas.
The Tyler facility imported blood from eight other centers, but such assistance can only be sustained for a short period. All local blood collection facilities rely on local donors, so the Tyler center is online urging all eli
gible contributors to make appointments to give blood at the first opportunity.
In order to meet patient demand Carter BloodCare needs at least 1100 donors daily throughout the state system, and there is no substitute for human blood. Cancer sufferers comprise the largest blood-needing group, but blood is also required for joint-replacement surgery patients, those undergoing sickle cell treatment, emergency labor and delivery cases and emergency trauma care.
Anyone aged sixteen and younger must have parental consent before donating blood. There is no upper age limit, but all donors must weigh at least 110 pounds, be in overall good health and present a photo ID. It is a good idea to eat a hearty meal and drink lots of fluids before donating.
For more information call (800) DONATE-4 or visit carterbloodcare.org.