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Blood Banks in Texas Need More People to Donate

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Local Blood Banks and Centers in Texas are urging people to donate blood.

Since summer is such a busy season for people, most potential donors don’t find the time to give. And since 38% of donated blood comes from students and staff at school blood drives, time off in the summer months knocks the number of participants down significantly.

KWES quotes Miriam A. Markowitz, CEO of the American Association of Blood Banks, as saying, “Maintaining a safe and adequate blood supply is critical to the nation’s public health and a priority for the medical community. Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood.”

Much of the United States has low blood supply levels, so the shortage is not just in Texas. Though Texas’s heat has impacted mobile drives and Zika virus restrictions have put a hold on people donating who have traveled certain places. These factors make it even more difficult to collect enough blood.

See how you can help out by visiting the United Blood Services or American Red Cross website. Please donate as soon as possible since, “It takes 24- 48 hours before the blood can be delivered to and used for a transfusion in a hospital due to processing and testing procedures.”