We've seen a tremendous response in our community to our call for help, and our work is not over. Collecting blood is a marathon, not a sprint. Blood donors are needed to consistently give now and in the future.
Blood donations remain an essential operation during the “Stay Home, Work Safe” order.
Over the next several weeks, think about us when you want to get out of the house. We will be here. And more than that, patients in your community will be forever grateful for your ongoing contributions during this time.
We are collecting donations across the region, and we remain open by appointment only.
The Blood Center adjusted our appointment schedule to prevent overcrowding in our centers and blood drives for donor safety. If you cannot find an appointment, please continue to check availability during the weeks ahead. Our patients still need you.
The Blood Center continues to take your safety seriously. The coronavirus does not pose any risk to blood donors, either during the donation process or while attending organized blood drives. Our staff members have implemented increased disinfection protocols to prevent the spread of disease at our centers, including:
- Collections staff have their temperatures checked before every shift.
- A personal hand sanitizer has been distributed to each blood center employee for frequent use.
- We have moved to single-use items.
- We have communicated best practices for protecting employee health and implemented employee workstations cleaning requirements.
- Staff members have been instructed to stay home if they are feeling symptomatic, and we ask the same from our donors.
The CDC and local officials have asked to reserve masks for health care workers caring for patients. We are dealing with healthy donors and healthy staff, not patients. We opt not to wear a mask, so our local health care workers have the resources they need to take care of those at risk.
The Blood Center has in-house doctors and trained medical staff who will continue to refine our processes to ensure the safety of our blood donors. We appreciate your patience during this process.
If you are feeling healthy and well, please continue to check for an available appointment near you. Blood donations are needed regularly and throughout the “Stay Home, Work Safe” period.
Remember the words of the U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams: “Social distancing does not mean social disengagement.”
The Blood Center is the only blood provider to Houston and its surrounding communities 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
We are one of the largest community blood centers in the United States, serving 26 counties from the Texas Gulf Coast to Brazos Valley to East Texas and more than 170 hospitals and health care institutions. Our facilities include Blood Center East Texas (Lufkin, Nacogdoches) and The Blood Center of Brazos Valley (College Station).
To meet the needs of the community, we need 800-1,000 donations a day, and all blood donors in the U.S. must be unpaid volunteers. Those units of blood are a vital lifeline for Houston’s health care industry and are used in surgeries, cancer treatments and various medical procedures.
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