PULSE — Spring 2020

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Update on COVID-19 and Blood Collection

May 1, 2020 at 3:44 pm
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By Harpreet Sandhu, Executive Director For the last three months or so, our world here in the Bay Area has been colored completely by COVID-19. We have all had to make adjustments, make sacrifices and work as a team to...

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Flow Lab to Develop Blood-Based Allergy Test

May 1, 2020 at 1:15 pm
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As part of our role at the Blood Center, the Flow Cytometry Lab takes donated platelet and red blood cell products and filters out white blood cells called leukocytes, which could be harmful to patients if transfused. So as not...

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Obsoleting Cholesterol Testing

May 1, 2020 at 11:15 am
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By Tho D. Pham, MD, Chief Medical Officer For many years SBC has provided donors with a total cholesterol reading as a courtesy part of each blood donation, which has been routinely recorded on the online donor portal (sbcdonor.org). Back...

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Diving a Mile in Our Donors’ Shoes

May 1, 2020 at 9:15 am
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From January to March of 2020, Stanford Blood Center (SBC) participated in an intensive and highly selective program with the d.school (Stanford University’s school of design) that helps community organizations work through their design thinking methodology. SBC elected to utilize...