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Thank You, 2020 Sponsors!

January 14, 2021 10:05 pm Published by Comments Off on Thank You, 2020 Sponsors!

While the success of our daily work is made possible by the generosity of our dedicated blood donors, it also depends on contributions from invaluable community partnerships. Our partners support our mission in a number of ways, including donating products...


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What Was, and What Is to Come

January 14, 2021 9:59 pm Published by Comments Off on What Was, and What Is to Come

By Harpreet Sandhu, Executive Director/CEO As we close out this issue of PULSE, I want to take the time to reflect on how the challenges we have overcome and the innovations we have brought about will lead us into a...


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Lia’s Story: Giving and Receiving

January 4, 2021 2:32 pm Published by Comments Off on Lia’s Story: Giving and Receiving

By Lia Adams, guest blogger, Milestone blood donor and plasma recipient Medical Background When I was a kid, we didn’t know I had a primary immune deficiency. All we knew was that I got sick more often than average, sometimes with...


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Exciting Update to Donor Loyalty Store Point Accrual

October 29, 2020 10:20 am Published by Comments Off on Exciting Update to Donor Loyalty Store Point Accrual

By Victoria Somerville, Marketing Manager Exciting news! As of August 24, we are officially able to offer our dedicated plasma and platelet donors extra points for our Donor Loyalty Store based on the amount of pints given during a single...


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The Fascinating Journey of Peripheral Blood Mononuclear Cells

October 29, 2020 9:37 am Published by Comments Off on The Fascinating Journey of Peripheral Blood Mononuclear Cells

By Lorna Tolentino, Flow Cytometry Lab Manager Peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) are a category of white blood cells that are of particular interest to researchers because of their unique structure. White blood cells can be broken down into two...


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The Intricacies of Hospital and HLA Lab Communications

October 29, 2020 9:35 am Published by Comments Off on The Intricacies of Hospital and HLA Lab Communications

By Tamara Vayntrub, Project Manager, HLA Lab SBC’s Histocompatibility & Immunogenetics Laboratory (HLA Lab) is a leader in the field of transplantation and genetics. The HLA Lab supports patients by using state-of-the-art technology to perform solid organ and bone marrow...


MSM Deferral

September 16, 2020 7:38 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Explaining the MSM Deferral Due to FDA policies, men who have had sex with another man* in the past year will be deferred from donation for three months due to an increased risk of acquiring HIV infection. Note that this...


Travel

September 16, 2020 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...


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Reflections From Month Five

August 13, 2020 6:00 am Published by Comments Off on Reflections From Month Five

By Harpreet Sandhu, CEO/Executive Director While it may be hard to believe, we are now in month five of shelter in place. These past months have been anything but easy, but despite this turmoil, it is extremely heartening and inspiring...