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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.

Whole Blood or Double Red Blood Cell Donation?

August 28, 2012 at 3:31 pm
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By Julie Ruel, Social Media Manager, Stanford Blood Center

At Stanford Blood Center, we collect a combination of blood products (red blood cells, platelets, plasma) using different procedures and equipment. For the scope of this article, we'll focus on two types of red blood cell donations: single unit and double unit.

The First to 600

August 23, 2012 at 8:49 am
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By Dayna Myers, Marketing Communications Manager, Stanford Blood Center

After more than two decades' worth of visits, blood donor David "Mitch" Mitchell hit a unique milestone on August 20 when he became the first person to make 600 donations at Stanford Blood Center.

Unusual Blood Donation Campaigns

August 2, 2012 at 4:49 pm
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By Julie Ruel, Social Media Manager, Stanford Blood Center

Voluntary blood donors are needed in countries throughout the world to help maintain a safe and sufficient blood supply. Finding these donors is often a challenge for blood centers. So, many advocates have created unusual awareness campaigns to promote the need. Here are some of the most inventive efforts we've seen.

The Gift

July 3, 2012 at 11:06 am
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A Poem by Gil Gonzales, Stanford Blood Center Donor

The greatest of gifts that costs nothing to give A gift of hope that offers a family a sense of relief Just a little of your time, so that another may live A minor inconvenience that spares others major grief Offering the gift of life from one's own veins

Center Drives

June 27, 2012 at 1:02 pm
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By Julie Ruel, Social Media Manager, Stanford Blood Center

Donating blood together with friends or family members can be a rewarding experience of supporting patients in need while also building a sense of community with each other. A few years ago, we introduced our Center drive program to accommodate a growing number of inquiries about small, organized group donations - a great option when there may not be enough people to make a mobile blood drive feasible.

A Global Celebration of Blood Donors

June 14, 2012 at 10:29 am
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By Dayna Myers, Marketing Communications Manager, Stanford Blood Center

Around the world today, nations will celebrate blood donors in honor of World Blood Donor Day. In Iran, a trio of cyclists will wind up a 17-day challenge ride from the Iranian Blood Transfusion Organization in Tehran to the Ankara Blood Bank. Nigeria's Health Minister marked the occasion by donating blood in Abuja. And in Korea, this year's host country, the celebration began in February, when over 3,000 people donned red and broke the Guinness World Record for the world's largest human blood drop formation.

Preventing a Summer Blood Shortage

June 12, 2012 at 1:29 pm
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By Harpreet Sandhu, Administrator, Stanford Blood Center

Jim Early is an extraordinarily dedicated blood donor. One of our "frequent flyers," he has logged over 300 donations with Stanford Blood Center. He even keeps the Blood Center in mind when he plans his summer travel, because travel to malarial risk zones (such as India, parts of Mexico, and parts of Costa Rica) can lead to a one-year deferral from donating blood.

Apheresis Granulocytes

June 6, 2012 at 3:41 pm
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By Dr. Chris Gonzalez, Assistant Medical Director, Stanford Blood Center

Apheresis granulocytes are a specialized blood product comprised largely of white blood cells. This product is used in patients with very low white cell counts that have life threatening infections that have not responded to antibiotic therapy. In some patients this is truly their last hope for survival.

Life is Precious

April 4, 2012 at 11:17 am
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By Tim Gilmore, Blood Drive Account Manager, Stanford Blood Center

Last year, my cousin's husband, Darren, became extremely ill. He was rushed to a hospital in Central California but after days of declining health, doctors decided that he needed to be taken by medevac to Stanford Hospital. Upon his arrival, he was met by world-class physicians who rushed to diagnose his symptoms. After being stabilized at Stanford, his health started to improve and we learned that he had leukemia. He started a treatment plan immediately and began receiving numerous blood products.