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Carter BloodCare Says It Could Run Out Of Donations By Midweek

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Carter Blood Care

Time's running short for Carter BloodCare. The Texas-based blood bank says blood collections are not keeping pace with transfusion needs of hospital patients.

Linda Goelzer, director of public relations for Carter BloodCare, said the organization may not be able to meet all orders for transfusion by Wednesday, July 31.

Dallas-Fort Worth isn't the only region facing this issue. Goelzer said programs nationwide are experiencing similar shortages.

"It has become very difficult for us to reach out to other blood programs that might have a little extra and find it from them," Goelzer said. "We have also had other larger programs contact us, and of course, we don't have anything to share."

Goelzer says that while donations usually dip in the summertime, the cause of such a widespread shortage isn't clear.

According to Carter BloodCare's website, high school blood drives supply roughly 20% of donations in Texas communities.

Miguel Perez is an assistant producer at KERA. He produces local content for Morning Edition and KERA News. He also produces The Friday Conversation, a weekly interview series with North Texas newsmakers.
Sam Baker is KERA's senior editor and local host for Morning Edition. The native of Beaumont, Texas, also edits and produces radio commentaries and Vital Signs, a series that's part of the station's Breakthroughs initiative. He also was the longtime host of KERA 13’s Emmy Award-winning public affairs program On the Record. He also won an Emmy in 2008 for KERA’s Sharing the Power: A Voter’s Voice Special, and has earned honors from the Associated Press and the Public Radio News Directors Inc.