"The most important [blood] units during a traumatic situation are the ones that were already on our shelves when the event happened."
~ Walter Linz, MD; Scott & White Blood Center medical director
Scott & White is a Level 1 Trauma Center
Scott & White Memorial Hospital - Temple, is the only designated Level 1 Trauma Center between Dallas and Austin, designated by the Texas Department of Health and verified by the American College of Surgeons as offering the highest level of expertise and specialized resources for critically ill and injured patients.
The Scott & White Hospital - Temple Trauma Center is a facility designed to help families through any traumatic injury. In addition to the team of experts, there is another aspect to being a Level 1 Trauma Center – blood supply. Trauma cases typically require the need for a blood transfusion in order to treat the injury and perform the necessary surgeries. The Scott & White Blood Center is the only hospital-based blood donation center in the region, which allows for better access to an immediate blood supply in traumatic or crisis situations.
"Since Scott & White Memorial Hospital - Temple is a designated Level 1 Trauma Center, we always have to be prepared for the unexpected," said Walter Linz, MD, medical director of the Scott & White Blood Center. "We never know when someone’s going need a significant amount of blood, particularly with a traumatic incident, so our inventories always have to be robust for all blood types."
Tragedy Doesn't Take a Vacation
The Blood Center supply gets hit particularly hard during the summer leading to urgent, and sometimes, critical needs for blood donations.
"Summer is a difficult time because people tend not to donate blood and donor traffic slows down considerably. However, people still get sick, still get injured," said Dr. Linz. "The most important units during a traumatic situation are the ones that were already on our shelves when the event happened, so ideally, the best thing would be to have people donate on an ongoing regular basis. If an eligible donor would donate two to three times a year, then our stocks would always be full, and therefore when an emergency or traumatic injury comes through our doors, we are always prepared."