TEMPLE — Following a deadly explosion at a fertilizer plant in West, Scott & White received five patients overnight. At least two patients were listed in critical condition early Thursday morning.
Three patients are being treated at Scott & White Memorial Hospital, and two at McLane Children’s Hospital.
The explosion is reported to have killed as many as 15 people, injuring more than 160 others.
Blood donations are needed as hospitals work to treat the injured. Carter BloodCare said in a news release that it is sending blood to hospitals treating patients from the explosion. Blood “will be in great demand over the next two weeks” as officials work to replenish supplies used after Wednesday’s explosion, the news release stated.
Residents can donate blood until 5 p.m. today at Scott & White’s Blood Donation Center, by coming in the main hospital entrance at 2401 S. 31st Street, Temple.
Melissa Purl, Seton Medical Center Harker Heights spokeswoman, said the hospital had a blood drive sponsored by the Carter BloodCare scheduled today, but plans to reschedule as the blood donation center uses its resources in Waco and West.
Purl said the hospital is not treating any patients from the explosion, but is dedicated to helping in any way it can.
“Blood donations will be an ongoing thing,” said Purl, adding officials hope to have a donation drive early next week as blood still will be needed.
Metroplex Health System is currently organizing blood, clothing and canned food drives. Check kdhnews.com for updates.
The Robertson Blood Center at Fort Hood, 2250 761st Tank Battalion Ave., is open from until 3:30 p.m. today and from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. tomorrow.
“Blood needed in West is already on its way, and any blood we collected will be used to help replenish the local blood supply, if needed,” according to a statement from the center.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.