Advertisements urging you to donate blood are everywhere—on signs, in brochures in the doctor’s office, and on the sides of buses. You see them. You read them. But the desire and urgency to give may not register with you until it’s you or a loved one who needs this vital, life-giving material. For many patients … Continue reading How can my blood platelets save lives?
As you all know by now, the small community of West, TX, located 20 miles north of Waco, experienced a horrible tragedy last night after a massive fertilizer plant explosion. According to the latest news, the casualties could be anywhere between 5-15 people with more than 160 injured. Hospitals in North Texas are receiving some … Continue reading 3 Ways You Can Help Victims of the West, TX, Explosion
You may not run into a burning building or save someone from drowning, but you could save a life. In fact, every time you donate blood, you can save up to three people’s lives. This may sound dramatic, but it’s true. There is a strong demand for blood, and each time you donate you are … Continue reading The down-low on blood donations
Blood is a drug. And it’s regulated by the FDA. Who knew? The Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER), a division of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), regulates the collection of blood and blood products that are used for transfusion. Walter J. Linz, MD, Medical Director of the Scott & White Blood … Continue reading Your blood is a drug
Summer is a particularly important time for blood donations. Because people are out having fun during the summer months, the need for blood significantly increases due to traumatic accidents. At the same time, more adults and students are on the go in the summertime — family vacations, mission trips, summer jobs, volunteering — so they … Continue reading Making donating blood part of your Summer routine
I just saved a life. It was easy. A piece of cake actually. Did it with my feet propped up. Browsed through emails on my phone. Could’ve done it with my eyes closed. Only took 30 minutes. I would say it was well worth it. I gave blood today. I’ve given blood many times before, … Continue reading Saving lives is my New Year’s Resolution