South Texas Blood & Tissue Center unveils new platelet buses

The South Texas Blood & Tissue Center (STBTC) unveiled two new state-of-the-art platelet collection buses on March 19, expanding its capabilities to collect this lifesaving blood component from generous donors in the community.

Executive board members from BioBridge Global, which is the parent organization for STBTC, Blood & Tissue Center Foundation board members, employees and several ambassadors from the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce joined us at STBTC for a ribbon-cutting and tours of the buses.

Members from the Hispanic Chamber also spoke about STBTC’s commitment to the San Antonio community and its strong partnership with the chamber to address the needs of our residents.

The vehicles will collect platelets from donors in San Antonio and surrounding areas, such as Victoria and Laredo. Platelets are the blood component that help to stop bleeding, which means hospitals must have them available to treat trauma patients in emergencies. In addition, platelets often are transfused to patients undergoing bone marrow transplants and treatment for cancers such as leukemia.

A platelet donation can take at least 90 minutes, and a donation can be made every seven days. The buses are equipped for comfort; donors can watch movies, listen to music or just relax as they selflessly aid in saving lives.

The buses are available to be reserved for community platelet drives by calling the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center at 210-249-4483.