Day after day, we wake up and continue to do our part in the fight against the COVID-19 outbreak. Whether that’s as a brave frontline worker, a citizen practicing social distancing or an employee of an essential business reporting to work, it’s important that we come together, now more than ever. If you’re curious about … Continue reading You could save a life by giving blood
You’re scheduled to have surgery and your doctor tells you that you may need a blood transfusion. You’re immediately concerned. How safe are blood transfusions? “The U.S. blood supply has never been safer,” says Walter J. Linz, MD, Medical Director of the Scott & White Blood Center and Transfusion Medicine. “Your chances of getting HIV … Continue reading How safe is a blood transfusion?
Back in the 1980s and 90s, the big fear if you had a blood transfusion was getting HIV/AIDS. Today, your risk of getting HIV from a blood transfusion is about 1 in 2 million. The blood supply has never been safer. Now, the leading cause of transfusion-related death in the United States is TRALI – … Continue reading Scott & White takes precautions to avoid TRALI
Ruby was feeling worn out, tired, run-down, wiped out — and when she moved too quickly, she had to catch her breath; she also had mild chest pain. She went to her doctor, who ran a series of blood tests. Ruby was so badly anemic that she needed a blood transfusion. She wasn’t even sure … Continue reading Explaining blood transfusions