Author Archives for Stanford Blood Center

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SBC Makes History and Enhances Platelet Safety by Going 100% PRT

May 6, 2021 8:22 am Published by Comments Off on SBC Makes History and Enhances Platelet Safety by Going 100% PRT

By Harry Sussmann, Operational Excellence (OpEx) Director On April 28, Stanford Blood Center became the first blood center of its size in the nation to use pathogen reduction technology, or PRT, on 100% of its transfusable platelets produced. With this...


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Emiliana’s Story: Micro-Preemie Born at 23 Weeks Beats All Odds

May 5, 2021 4:35 pm Published by Comments Off on Emiliana’s Story: Micro-Preemie Born at 23 Weeks Beats All Odds

By Krista Thomas, Communications Strategist In early 2019, Kristi Trog and her husband Josh were thrilled but also surprised to find out that Kristi was pregnant with their first child. The pair counted this news as a true miracle. Though...


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SBC Begins Testing Donations for Rare Blood Groups

May 5, 2021 4:34 pm Published by Comments Off on SBC Begins Testing Donations for Rare Blood Groups

By Dr. Tho Pham, Chief Medical Officer Did you know that many blood group systems exist beyond ABO (A, B, O and AB) and Rh (+ and -)? And that many donors have rare combinations of certain clinically relevant blood...


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How COVID-19 May Have Permanently Changed Donor Recruitment

May 5, 2021 4:34 pm Published by Comments Off on How COVID-19 May Have Permanently Changed Donor Recruitment

By Karen Hendryk, Donor Recruitment Manager Immediate Impact of COVID Though March 2020 was when an official pandemic was declared, February 2020 was when SBC was hit with one of the most significant challenges thus far: cancellation of blood drives....


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Ernest’s Story: “How Donating Blood Saved My Life — Twice”

May 5, 2021 1:02 pm Published by Comments Off on Ernest’s Story: “How Donating Blood Saved My Life — Twice”

By Krista Thomas, Communications Strategist Ernest Boyd has been giving blood for decades. What started as a way to save the lives of others, however, has saved his own life multiple times.   Becoming a Platelet Donor Ernest first really...


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COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma

January 15, 2021 5:42 am Published by Comments Off on COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma

In the start of April 2020, SBC became one of the first blood centers in the nation to create a COVID-19 convalescent plasma (CCP) program. The program, which encouraged recovered COVID-19 patients to donate antibody-rich plasma for current COVID-19 patients,...


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Purple Top Tubes: Your Impact on Research

January 14, 2021 11:51 pm Published by Comments Off on Purple Top Tubes: Your Impact on Research

By Marino Bozic, Research and Clinical Services Manager When you come in to make a whole blood or apheresis donation at SBC, you may notice the phlebotomists collecting tubes from your donation. One of the tubes you will see drawn...


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Next-Generation Sequencing

January 14, 2021 11:41 pm Published by Comments Off on Next-Generation Sequencing

By Deepti Sharma, PhD, Clinical Laboratory Scientist; Tamara A. Vayntrub, Project Manager; Bing Melody Zhang, MD, MS, FCAP, Assistant Director, HLA Lab  SBC is now using next-generation sequencing (NGS) as the basis for its HLA typing method for both bone...