Chiqui Lopez-Tecson

Volunteer Spotlight — Chiqui Lopez-Tecson

March 27, 2019 at 12:33 pm
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It’s time for another Volunteer Spotlight! Stanford Blood Center would be nothing without our volunteers, so it is our pleasure to help you get to know one of our wonderful helpers, former SBC Collections Manager Chiqui Lopez-Tecson. Why do you...

Plasma collection on ALYX machine

Collecting Plasma on the ALYX Machine

February 13, 2019 at 1:03 pm
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Beginning January 8, we expanded our collections to include plasma products drawn on the ALYX machine. The ALYX machine is an apheresis machine that separates and collects various blood components and returns what we aren’t using to the donor —...

Whole Blood

January 27, 2019 at 8:46 am
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What is whole blood donation? A whole blood (WB) donation is the most common form of blood donation, in which a person gives one pint of blood. What is whole blood used for? After your donation, our lab separates the...



January 24, 2019 at 9:01 am
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What is plasma used for? Much like platelets, plasma helps to induce clotting and control bleeding. However, it does this through different mechanisms and many of the clotting factors found in plasma are made from the liver.  Therefore, although both...

Double Red Blood Cells

Double Red Blood Cell Donation (DRBC)

January 23, 2019 at 9:03 am
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What is double red blood cell donation? During a double red blood cell donation, a machine is used to withdraw whole blood. Red cells are separated and retained, and the remainder of the blood is returned back to the donor....