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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...

Blood donation and iron

September 5, 2013 at 2:41 pm
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By Chris Gonzalez, M.D., Assistant Medical Director, Stanford Blood Center Eating a healthy diet is important for anyone, especially blood donors. But we want to make sure blood donors know that diet alone may not replace all the iron lost...

Dog days for canine donors

August 31, 2013 at 5:49 am
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As our regular donors know, blood centers always worry about having enough blood donors in the summer. At Stanford Blood Center, summer means calling our donors more frequently due to the increase in accidents, an uptick in scheduled surgeries, and...

Pondering plasma

July 30, 2013 at 7:57 am
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By Billie Rubin, reporting from the labs of Stanford Blood Center According to the Coalition for Plasma Science, “Plasma is often called the ‘Fourth State of Matter’, the other three being solid, liquid and gas. A plasma is a distinct...

A New Way to Donate Plasma

May 10, 2013 at 2:25 pm
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              In January of this year, we discontinued the automated procedure that collected one unit of red blood cells and two units of plasma using the Alyx machine. You may have heard us refer...

Vital fluid: What We Know About Blood

May 2, 2013 at 9:00 am
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Special report from the Stanford Medicine Magazine

"Blood is a very special juice." Goethe didn't know the half of it when he penned this line for Mephisto more than 200 years ago. In those days people believed blood held mystical qualities and was a potent life force. No wonder Mephisto wants the contract for Faust's soul signed in this "special juice."

Transfusion Medicine’s Portrayal on Television

October 9, 2012 at 11:27 am
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By Tim Donald, Contributing Writer, American Association of Blood Banks

Roxanne and Mark decide to donate blood. While they are sitting together in an open waiting room, a nurse asks Roxanne questions about her sexual history and number of partners — loud enough for all to hear. They are told their blood will be tested to see whether it is "clean" enough to be used. They spend a sitcom eternity waiting anxiously for the results to learn whether they have any sexually transmitted diseases, or STDs. In the end, someone from the clinic calls each partner to tell them that they do not have STDs. (Source: Whitney, Season 1, Episode 12, "Faking It")

New Red Blood Cell Loss Limit for Platelet Donors

September 5, 2012 at 4:19 pm
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A message from Dr. Susan Galel, Director of Clinical Operations, Stanford Blood Center

If you are one of our dedicated platelet pheresis donors, you know that we keep careful records of how much you donate— and how often—in the familiar Annual Donor Records tucked in your chart. It is our responsibility to ensure that your donation frequency is safe for you. Before each of your donations, we tally all of your visits, red blood cell losses and plasma losses for the 12 months prior to that donation, to be sure that you will not exceed any of the safety limits.