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World Blood Donor Day

World Blood Donor Day — Altruism and Safer Blood

June 13, 2018 2:37 pm Published by Comments Off on World Blood Donor Day — Altruism and Safer Blood

This Thursday, June 14, blood centers and health organizations around the globe will celebrate World Blood Donor Day (WBDD). As a day of appreciation for blood donors, WBDD is a wonderful opportunity to reflect on the impact that donors have...


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The Greener Canteen(er)

June 6, 2018 11:37 pm Published by Comments Off on The Greener Canteen(er)

You may notice a few changes next time you stop in to donate with us — specifically, some new offerings in our canteens! Thanks to all of the great feedback we’ve received on our donor survey, we are making some...


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Good Karma Bikes

January 13, 2018 10:59 am Published by Comments Off on Good Karma Bikes

In 2017, for every 15 people that came in to donate, Good Karma Bikes (GKB) gifted one bicycle to a child in foster care or a single-parent shelter. The donated bicycles were gifted to Life Moves, Georgia Travis House. Good...


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“SBC Kids to Camp” Helps Turn Patients into Happy Campers

September 6, 2017 5:58 pm Published by Comments Off on “SBC Kids to Camp” Helps Turn Patients into Happy Campers

Help us turn pediatric patients into happy campers! This September, Stanford Blood Center (SBC) is partnering with an organization close to our hearts. The Annual Solid Organ Transplant Camp by Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford offers transplant recipients at Packard Children’s a...


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Diaries of a Platelet Donor

August 30, 2017 5:31 pm Published by Comments Off on Diaries of a Platelet Donor

In 1989, I was the victim of a serious motorcycle accident. My left leg and hip were seriously injured – I suffered from a broken hip socket, compound fractures of my tibia and fibula, and other issues. I spent a...


Hemoglobin

June 12, 2017 7:17 am Published by Comments Off on Hemoglobin

During the Medical History part of your donation process, the Historian will take a small blood sample from your finger to test your hemoglobin, which is the oxygen-carrying molecule in your red blood cells. In order to get an accurate...


MSM Deferral

June 11, 2017 7:38 am Published by Leave your thoughts

April 2, 2020 — Update Regarding New FDA Guidance This morning, the FDA issued an updated guidance regarding blood donation deferrals for a number of risk factors, including travel to malaria-risk regions, tattoos, and risk of transmission of variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob...


Tattoos

June 10, 2017 7:46 am Published by Leave your thoughts

You will no longer be deferred for tattoos obtained in a California State regulated entity. At present, you will still be deferred for 12 months if you obtained a tattoo outside of California or in California in a non-regulated entity....


Medications

June 9, 2017 5:16 am Published by Leave your thoughts

While many people assume that they are ineligible to donate blood if they take medications, this is simply not the case! While some medications would preclude you from donating, most medications — even those prescribed by a doctor — pose...