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Book a Blood-Donor Friendly Vacation

April 15, 2015 at 11:43 am
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Did you know that if you travel to a malarial risk zone, you might be deferred from donating blood even if you aren’t ill? That’s because donors can be infected and symptom free and still transmit malaria through a blood...


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Blood Donation Counts

October 30, 2014 at 10:40 am
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Brought to you by the letters S, B, C At Stanford Blood Center (SBC), staff are often referred to as vampires; an accurate description in a sense! So this Halloween, in honor of one purple, number-loving, friendly vampire, here are...


A message from our administrator

March 19, 2014 at 9:49 am
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  As we are getting settled into 2014, I’d like to take a moment to thank our staff, volunteers, and blood donors for a wonderful past year. 2013 was an extremely busy year, but also a very productive one. Because...


Points from the heart

February 17, 2014 at 8:00 am
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By Deanna Bolio Back by popular demand, SBC donors are once again able to donate their points to Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital or to the Safe Blood Africa program. First available in 2012, these charitable options were so popular with...


A new look for our website

January 16, 2014 at 11:10 am
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By Julie Peachey The next time you visit our website, you may notice we’ve redesigned things a bit. Our home page is cleaner, featuring special messages for our donors at the forefront in our new rotating banner. Our goal is...


Critical Blood Shortage: All Types Needed

January 13, 2014 at 2:54 pm
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By Julie Peachey We need your help. Our inventory for all blood types is critically low, due to increased usage. This past weekend alone, we provided blood for five patients, including two for aortic aneurisms. We are now rationing our...


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Blood donation and iron

September 5, 2013 at 2:41 pm
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Please note, there may be more current information available related to iron and blood donation. Visit our Iron and Blood Donation page for more.  Eating a healthy diet is important for anyone, especially blood donors. But we want to make sure...