New HLA Antibody Testing Policy for Female Platelet Donors

May 6, 2013 at 10:15 am
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We are so fortunate to have such a devoted, caring community of blood donors. Your generosity helps to save many lives, and we are grateful for your partnership. We also take our responsibility to provide our community with a safe and adequate blood supply seriously, and that is why we need to ask certain platelet donors to help us out in a different, but equally important, way: by donating whole blood instead of platelets.

Vital fluid: What We Know About Blood

May 2, 2013 at 9:00 am
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Special report from the Stanford Medicine Magazine

"Blood is a very special juice." Goethe didn't know the half of it when he penned this line for Mephisto more than 200 years ago. In those days people believed blood held mystical qualities and was a potent life force. No wonder Mephisto wants the contract for Faust's soul signed in this "special juice."

Reflecting Back

April 30, 2013 at 12:36 pm
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By Harpreet Sandhu, SBC Administrator

Last year brought some significant changes for Stanford Blood Center that we can reflect back on with a sense of great accomplishment. Our hard work and collaborative efforts came along with many successes and achievements. We welcomed several new team members including three managers, two directors, one senior operations director, and one assistant medical director. In addition, we opened up a brand new donation center in Menlo Park, taking with us fond memories of our Campus center as we closed its doors.

In His Blood: A Doctor Driven by Hemophilia

April 24, 2013 at 10:30 am
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By Krista Conger, Science Writer for the department of Communications & Public Affairs at the Stanford School of Medicine

Not many second-graders manage to clear the school with a single show-and-tell project. But 8-year-old Holbrook Kohrt had a knockout demonstration. Literally. Kohrt, a hemophiliac, was showing his class how he had learned to give himself lifesaving injections of a blood-clotting factor that his body was unable to make naturally. Engrossed in the performance of what was for him a routine occurrence, he was startled by the reaction of others in the room.

Against the Flow: What’s Behind the Decline in Blood Transfusions?

April 19, 2013 at 11:16 am
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By Sarah C.P. Williams, Staff Writer for the department of Communications & Public Affairs at the Stanford School of Medicine

One day in 2011, an ambulance pulled up to the Stanford emergency room and paramedics unloaded a man in his 30s who had crashed his motorcycle. He was in critical condition: Tests showed dangerously low blood pressure, indicating that around 40 percent of his blood was lost. And an ultrasound revealed that the blood was collecting in his belly, suggesting that one or more of his abdominal organs was the source of the blood loss.

Roll Up Your Sleeve: There’s Still No Substitute for Blood

April 11, 2013 at 11:33 am
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By Jessica Shugart, Staff Writer for the department of Communications & Public Affairs at the Stanford School of Medicine

Most donors give blood only a few times a year, if that. But for Linda Johnson, it's a routine part of life. On this fall day in 2012, Johnson reclines in a comfy chair at the Stanford Blood Center, wrapped in a soft, powder-blue blanket, while two pints of blood drain from a vein in her arm. Right next to her, a machine snatches the tiny cell fragments called platelets from her blood and returns the rest of the fluid back into her vein. She's a very familiar face here: This is her 561st donation.

Blood, Sweat, and Fears: A Common Phobia’s Odd Pathophysiology

April 9, 2013 at 1:40 pm
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By John Sanford, Managing Editor for the department of Communications & Public Affairs at the Stanford School of Medicine

I awoke close to midnight. It was the middle of August, in 1992, and the windows were open in the room of the Paris hostel where I was staying. The air was warm and still. My chest felt moist with - sweat? I touched the substance with an index finger and pressed it to my thumb. It felt tacky. Blood!

Blood Quest: The Battle to Protect Transfusions From HIV

April 3, 2013 at 8:00 am
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By Ruthann Richter, Director of Media Relations for the department of Communications & Public Affairs at the Stanford School of Medicine

Ed Engleman, MD, Stanford Blood Center's director, strode briskly into the large lecture hall at UC-San Francisco, eager to describe the screening test he and his colleagues had just developed - a test they thought could help save the nation's blood supply from a looming threat.

National Cesar E. Chavez Blood Drive Challenge

March 28, 2013 at 11:01 am
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By Julie Peachey, Social Media Manager, Stanford Blood Center

Since 2009, student leaders nationwide have been participating in the National Cesar E. Chavez Blood Drive Challenge to promote civic engagement in honor of the Latino American civil rights activist.