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World Blood Donor Day

World Blood Donor Day — Altruism and Safer Blood

June 13, 2018 2:37 pm Published by Comments Off on World Blood Donor Day — Altruism and Safer Blood

This Thursday, June 14, blood centers and health organizations around the globe will celebrate World Blood Donor Day (WBDD). As a day of appreciation for blood donors, WBDD is a wonderful opportunity to reflect on the impact that donors have...


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The Greener Canteen(er)

June 6, 2018 11:37 pm Published by Comments Off on The Greener Canteen(er)

You may notice a few changes next time you stop in to donate with us — specifically, some new offerings in our canteens! Thanks to all of the great feedback we’ve received on our donor survey, we are making some...


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“SBC Kids to Camp” Helps Turn Patients into Happy Campers

September 6, 2017 5:58 pm Published by Comments Off on “SBC Kids to Camp” Helps Turn Patients into Happy Campers

Help us turn pediatric patients into happy campers! This September, Stanford Blood Center (SBC) is partnering with an organization close to our hearts. The Annual Solid Organ Transplant Camp by Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford offers transplant recipients at Packard Children’s a...


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Diaries of a Platelet Donor

August 30, 2017 5:31 pm Published by Comments Off on Diaries of a Platelet Donor

In 1989, I was the victim of a serious motorcycle accident. My left leg and hip were seriously injured – I suffered from a broken hip socket, compound fractures of my tibia and fibula, and other issues. I spent a...


Hemoglobin (temporary deferral, until improved)

June 12, 2017 7:17 am Published by Comments Off on Hemoglobin (temporary deferral, until improved)

During the Medical History part of your donation process, the Historian will take a small blood sample from your finger to test your hemoglobin, which is the oxygen-carrying molecule in your red blood cells. In order to get an accurate...


MSM (12-Month Deferral)

June 11, 2017 7:38 am Published by Leave your thoughts

The FDA requires all blood centers to question donors about activities that are associated with an increased risk of exposure to infectious agents. According to statistics from the public health service, men who have sex with men (MSM) continue to...


Tattoos

June 10, 2017 7:46 am Published by Leave your thoughts

You will no longer be deferred for tattoos obtained in a California State regulated entity. You will still be deferred for 12 months if you obtained a tattoo outside of California or in California in a non-regulated entity.


Medications

June 9, 2017 5:16 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Certain medications that are perfectly safe for you to take could be harmful if transfused into another person. Please refer to the medication deferral list for a list of medications that may affect your eligibility as a blood donor. The deferral...


Travel

June 8, 2017 5:16 am Published by Comments Off on Travel

Anyone who has ever lived in or visited another country may have different deferral periods – this will all be reviewed in the donor screening process. Below are a few examples of common travel deferrals. If you have questions about...