Thrilled to the marrow

August 9, 2013 at 4:40 pm
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By Deanna Bolio, Communications Specialist Representatives from Stanford Blood Center were honored to be invited to the Stanford Hospital Bone Marrow Transplant Reunion held Saturday, July 27. This life-affirming event, held on the lawn in front of the Li Ka...

Connecting Tunnels in Our Blood

June 19, 2013 at 9:34 am
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By Billie Rubin, reporting from the labs of Stanford Blood Center There are skinny, spidery vessels in all of our tissues that connect the arteries with the veins in our circulatory system. The arteries are big muscle vessels that carry...

Celebrating World Blood Donor Day

June 13, 2013 at 11:52 pm
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By Dayna Kerecman Myers With their altruistic donations, the Buddhist monks in the photo above are helping Cambodia strengthen its system of voluntary blood donors. They embody the spirit of World Blood Donor Day, celebrated every June 14 to encourage...


June 7, 2013 at 2:13 pm
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By Billie Rubin, reporting from the labs of Stanford Blood Center BATS, which stands for British Army Transfusion Service, came to be in the late 1930’s just before WWII started. The purpose of BATS was to bring blood and related...

Blood Component Functions

May 31, 2013 at 11:11 am
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By Billie Rubin, reporting from the labs of Stanford Blood Center  Each blood component we make has a purpose:  • Red Blood Cells – carry oxygen to the tissues in the body and are commonly used in the treatment of...

New HLA Antibody Testing Policy for Female Platelet Donors

May 6, 2013 at 10:15 am
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We are so fortunate to have such a devoted, caring community of blood donors. Your generosity helps to save many lives, and we are grateful for your partnership. We also take our responsibility to provide our community with a safe and adequate blood supply seriously, and that is why we need to ask certain platelet donors to help us out in a different, but equally important, way: by donating whole blood instead of platelets.

Reflecting Back

April 30, 2013 at 12:36 pm
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By Harpreet Sandhu, SBC Administrator

Last year brought some significant changes for Stanford Blood Center that we can reflect back on with a sense of great accomplishment. Our hard work and collaborative efforts came along with many successes and achievements. We welcomed several new team members including three managers, two directors, one senior operations director, and one assistant medical director. In addition, we opened up a brand new donation center in Menlo Park, taking with us fond memories of our Campus center as we closed its doors.

Against the Flow: What’s Behind the Decline in Blood Transfusions?

April 19, 2013 at 11:16 am
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By Sarah C.P. Williams, Staff Writer for the department of Communications & Public Affairs at the Stanford School of Medicine

One day in 2011, an ambulance pulled up to the Stanford emergency room and paramedics unloaded a man in his 30s who had crashed his motorcycle. He was in critical condition: Tests showed dangerously low blood pressure, indicating that around 40 percent of his blood was lost. And an ultrasound revealed that the blood was collecting in his belly, suggesting that one or more of his abdominal organs was the source of the blood loss.