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Whole Blood

January 27, 2019 8:46 am Published by Comments Off on Whole Blood

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...


Composition of Blood

Apheresis — Platelets, Plasma, and Double Red Blood Cells

January 26, 2019 8:51 am Published by Comments Off on Apheresis — Platelets, Plasma, and Double Red Blood Cells

What is apheresis blood collection? Apheresis blood collection, or ABC, is a special kind of blood donation. Instead of giving one pint of whole blood (as in a regular donation), an ABC donor gives only the components of blood needed...


Plasma

Plasma

January 24, 2019 9:01 am Published by Comments Off on Plasma

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 9:03 am Published by Comments Off on Double Red Blood Cell Donation (DRBC)

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....


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Can two Rh-positive parents have an Rh-negative child?

October 9, 2018 2:46 pm Published by Comments Off on Can two Rh-positive parents have an Rh-negative child?

Your Rh status (positive or negative) is determined by an antigen found on your red blood cells (RBCs). Being Rh-positive or Rh-negative means that either you have the Rhesus D antigen on your RBCs (positive) or you don’t (negative). Rh...


SBC Donor Survey

We’re Listening! Your SBC Donor Survey in Action

August 22, 2018 10:21 am Published by Comments Off on We’re Listening! Your SBC Donor Survey in Action

Since we launched our SBC Donor Survey back in July of 2017, we have received tremendous feedback and countless kudos for our Stanford Blood Center team members. The results have been inspiring, and your feedback has helped guide us in...