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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...


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What It Meant to Be Team SBC in 2020

January 14, 2021 11:14 pm Published by Comments Off on What It Meant to Be Team SBC in 2020

To help paint a clearer picture of how the challenges of 2020 affected teams all around the Blood Center, we asked team members to tell us, in a few sentences, what being an SBC team member in 2020 meant to...


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In Loving Memory, Susan H. Belanger, RN

January 14, 2021 10:54 pm Published by Comments Off on In Loving Memory, Susan H. Belanger, RN

August 22, 1950 – May 18, 2020 It is with deep sadness that we inform our donor community of the passing of one of our charge nurses, Susan Belanger, on May 18, 2020. For nearly 20 years, Susan, Sue B.,...


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Hosting a Blood Drive During a Pandemic — Q&A

January 14, 2021 10:47 pm Published by Comments Off on Hosting a Blood Drive During a Pandemic — Q&A

The below is a Q&A with Blood Drive Coordinator Jim Gardner of Good Karma Bikes. Q: How long have you been holding blood drives with SBC, and what first made you become a Blood Drive Coordinator (BDC)? A: I’ve been...


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Recent Milestone Donors

January 14, 2021 10:32 pm Published by Comments Off on Recent Milestone Donors

As is our tradition with our winter PULSE editions, we like to give a special shout-out to all donors who have reached a milestone since our last publication (in this case, between December 1, 2019, and November 15, 2020). Your...


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Words That Work

January 14, 2021 10:21 pm Published by Comments Off on Words That Work

From January to November of last year, SBC welcomed nearly 7,900 first-time donors! These donors came from a number of different places, and we know from talking with new donors that often one of the most successful and powerful outreach...


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Racial and Ethnic Diversity in Donation

January 14, 2021 10:18 pm Published by Comments Off on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in Donation

Go into a blood center to donate today, and there are many factors that influence your eligibility to donate: age, travel history, disease risk, medications. One thing that is never a cause for deferral today, but once proved an incredible...


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Donor Loyalty Store

January 14, 2021 10:12 pm Published by Comments Off on Donor Loyalty Store

Have you visited the “Store” tab on your donor portal lately? As a reminder, each donation you make earns you points,* which can be used to redeem items — or donate to other organizations — in the Donor Loyalty Store...