Increase in traffic crashes draining blood supply

The Blood Bank of Central Texas is in dire need of donors. The increase in deadly crashes in Austin is draining the supply.
 
In the past three weeks, the blood center has supplied 15 trauma patients from vehicle crashes in the 10 county service area. 
 
You have likely heard us talk about the stats here in Austin. 
 
In the eight months of this year, we have passed the total number of fatalities in all of 2014.
 
The average trauma patient requires eight to 20 units of blood. Severe patients require 50 units.
 
Each unit equals one donor. So, sometimes it takes 50 people to save one person.
 
With the high number of injury and fatal crashes, Blood Center of Central Texas staff is concerned they may not have enough blood to meet the daily demand of hospitals.
 
"The simplest way to put is look at our blood supply today versus three weeks ago. And if you look at our total inventory, we're down 34%. However, some of the more critical types O positive blood for example we're down 40 %, O- which is the universal blood is down almost 50 %, 47% from three weeks ago," said Marshall Conthran, Blood Center of Central Texas CEO.
 
The blood center supplies an average of 200 blood units per day. One trauma case can take 25% of that daily need.
 
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