Sterile injectable saline is used to replenish the body’s fluid loss during a specific type of automated blood collection process which results in two units of blood.
“Certain donors can give two units of red blood cells at one time. Those donations help ensure enough blood is available for the community,” said Elizabeth Waltman, chief operating officer at STBTC.
Waltman said if those types of donations cannot occur because of the saline shortage, STBTC would have to rely on many more whole blood donors to make up the shortage.
Whole blood donations, the most common donation, typically take about an hour to complete and can help save as many as three lives. A mobile blood drive will be held Thursday, March 27 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Goliad High School, located at 749 N. Church St.