More than 15-million pints of blood are transfused in this country each year. That exceeds 40-thousand pints daily. Hospitals in north, central and east Texas are using only a fraction of that amount, but Carter BloodCare still requests 1,000 volunteer blood donors each day to keep pace with local hospital demands. Blood cannot be manufactured. Donors are therefore an essential part of many health care success stories.
Auto accidents, surgery, cancer treatments, blood loss during childbirth – these are only a few examples of life moments requiring blood transfusions. One in three people will need a blood transfusion in their lifetime, yet, fewer than one in three people volunteer to give blood.
Titus Regional Medical Center is hosting a blood drive from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Thursday, March 14 at 2001 N. Jefferson in the parking lot on the Carter BloodCare bus. For more information or to schedule an appointment time, contact Glenda Strain at (903) 577-6111.
Eat a nutritious meal and drink plenty of water one to two hours before giving blood. 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 may donate independently, and there is no upper age limit for giving blood. For more information on donor eligibility and to make an appointment, call 1-800-366-2834 or visit carterbloodcare.org.
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 the 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.