Author Archives for Stanford Blood Center

Whole Blood & Platelets: What’s the Difference?

July 28, 2011 11:01 am Published by Comments Off on Whole Blood & Platelets: What’s the Difference?

By Julie Ruel, Social Media Manager, Stanford Blood Center

At Stanford Blood Center we collect several different types of blood products from our volunteer donors. All products have different functions pre- and post-donation. In other words, before and after they leave your body, they each serve different purposes. For the scope of this article, I'll focus on red blood cells (RBCs) collected during a whole blood donation and platelets collected during an ABC donation. These are the two most common products we draw, accounting for about 99% of our total donations in a year.

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Survival Story

July 20, 2011 2:06 pm Published by Comments Off on Survival Story

I will never forget how stunned I was when I got an email from Karen on March 5, 2009 to announce her son‘s arrival. It started "Quinn Frederick Bossow was born on Tuesday morning. Unfortunately, he is in extremely critical condition at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital." I immediately visited the blog she had created to keep family and friends updated on his condition.

A Magic Potion

July 15, 2011 3:28 pm Published by Comments Off on A Magic Potion

By Billie Rubin

Cryoprecipitate is a blood product made from frozen plasma. The plasma is slowly thawed, then sent through a centrifuge, a machine that spins and sorts blood components based on their masses. The "cold precipitate" protein that is left behind after most of the liquid plasma is removed is the cryoprecipitate.

In the Family

July 13, 2011 2:24 pm Published by Comments Off on In the Family

By Deanna Bolio, Public Relations Associate, Stanford Blood Center


Fifteen-year-old Maya Israni has been around blood drives since she was no taller than the Canteen table. Today, Maya is the youngest blood drive coordinator for a community blood drive. Maya was six when her mother, Sonoo, hosted the first blood drive at Ladera Recreation District, which she did in response to the September 11, 2001 tragedy.

Congenital CMV: A Family’s Journey

July 6, 2011 2:26 pm Published by Comments Off on Congenital CMV: A Family’s Journey

By Julie Ruel, Social Media Manager, Stanford Blood Center


Cytomegalovirus (CMV) is not an unfamiliar term in the blood banking world. A member of the herpes family, it is one of the many tests we perform on each unit of donated blood. For healthy individuals, having the virus, or what we refer to as being CMV positive, isn't harmful. And if healthy, unless you've specifically been tested for CMV, you most likely don't know whether you have the antibody to it or not. However, for infants or those with impaired immune systems, it can be deadly. Because of this, Stanford Blood Center routinely tests for it and was in fact, the first blood center in the world to provide CMV negative blood to hospitals for immunocompromised transfusion recipients.

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The Buddy System

June 30, 2011 9:37 am Published by Comments Off on The Buddy System

On Dec. 29, 2010, Linda Johnson became the first woman to make 500 donations at Stanford Blood Center. It was more than 20 years ago when Linda's friend and Stanford Blood Center platelet donor, Stan Jensen, urged her to check if she would make a good platelet donor. Linda was a perfect candidate with good veins and a high platelet count.

AIDS Screening: Stanford Blood Center’s Pioneering Role

June 24, 2011 2:48 pm Published by Comments Off on AIDS Screening: Stanford Blood Center’s Pioneering Role

By Ed Engleman, MD, Founder and Medical Director, Stanford Blood Center


During the early 1980s we decided to apply new research technology to a clinical problem: the prevention of the transmission by transfusion of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS). The problem was highly charged with social, political, legal, ethical, and economic overtones complicating the technical and medical issues at hand. In a decision that engendered intense controversy, in 1983 Stanford Blood Center instituted the first blood testing program specifically intended to reduce the risk of transfusion transmission of the then uncharacterized, but presumed infectious cause of AIDS.

Born To Do This

June 21, 2011 8:00 am Published by Comments Off on Born To Do This

By Geoff Belanger, Donor Services Document & Project Manager


I've worked at the Blood Center for a little over seven years now in a variety of roles, beginning as a phlebotomist. If you've donated on a mobile between 2004 and 2008, there is a good chance I drew your blood, some more than a few times.