Author Archives for Stanford Blood Center

Our Donors Are in Good Hands

March 31, 2011 1:35 pm Published by Comments Off on Our Donors Are in Good Hands

Tweet By Erin Crager, Marketing Intern, Stanford Blood Center When you meet Training Supervisor Mary Hayes, it’s no surprise that Stanford Blood Center (SBC) Collections personnel (nurses and medical assistants) are some of the best trained in the industry. They...


The George Bailey Effect

March 29, 2011 11:59 am Published by Comments Off on The George Bailey Effect

Tweet After pregnancy complications in the spring of 2000 required Lauren Larsen be transfused with 200+ units of blood, she embarked on her current direction as a crusader for volunteer blood donations. In this role she has spoken at more...


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Iron (Fe) & the 56-day Deferral

March 25, 2011 1:40 pm Published by Comments Off on Iron (Fe) & the 56-day Deferral

Please note, there may be more current information available related to iron and blood donation. Visit our Iron and Blood Donation page for more.  The 56-day interval between whole blood donations is not just to build up our red blood cell...


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Give Yourself Away

March 23, 2011 12:00 pm Published by Comments Off on Give Yourself Away

The following piece by blood donor Kathy Harris is something she voluntarily wrote following her very first blood donation. Please be sure to share it with your friends who are not yet blood donors as a bit of encouragement to...


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Celebrate: Donate!

March 21, 2011 11:29 am Published by Comments Off on Celebrate: Donate!

By Julie Ruel, Social Media Manager, Stanford Blood Center Each morning, David Polnaszek gets up, changes into his Stanford Blood Center (SBC) hoodie, something he earned upon his tenth donation last year, and takes an hour-long walk around his neighborhood....


The Perfection of Red Blood Cells

March 18, 2011 11:15 am Published by Comments Off on The Perfection of Red Blood Cells

Tweet By Billie Rubin, Hemoglobin’s Catabolic Cousin, reporting from the labs of Stanford Blood Center Red Blood Cells (RBCs) have some particularly unusual characteristics for a cell. For one, they have a biconcave shape, giving both sides a “scooped-in” appearance....


Trish Leeper: Blood Drive Coordinator Extraordinaire

March 16, 2011 10:38 am Published by Comments Off on Trish Leeper: Blood Drive Coordinator Extraordinaire

Tweet By Erin Crager, Marketing Intern, Stanford Blood Center The purr of the Bloodmobile emits through crisp morning air. Parked just outside MIPS Technologies, its presence has become the norm here. Four times each year, blood drive coordinator Trish Leeper...


The Four Humours

March 11, 2011 10:48 am Published by Comments Off on The Four Humours

Tweet By Billie Rubin, Hemoglobin’s Catabolic Cousin, reporting from the labs of Stanford Blood Center Once upon a time (from early Greek and Roman physicians to the late 19th century), “blood-letting,” now known as phlebotomy, was a very popular practice...


Increasing the Odds

March 9, 2011 2:07 pm Published by Comments Off on Increasing the Odds

By Julie Ruel, Social Media Manager, Stanford Blood Center Question: How might we increase the number of registered bone marrow donors to help save more lives? Katie Pfeiffer, Communications Director at the Haas Center for Public Service, recently invited me...


Where Are the A & B Antigens on a Red Blood Cell?

March 4, 2011 8:00 am Published by Comments Off on Where Are the A & B Antigens on a Red Blood Cell?

Tweet By Billie Rubin, Hemoglobin’s Catabolic Cousin, reporting from the labs of Stanford Blood Center Well, think of a little red blood cell (RBC) in 3D with lots of tiny little hairs sticking out of it. Type A people have...