The Key to This Friendship: 100 Blood Donations & Counting

May 18, 2017 at 4:36 pm

What makes donating blood even easier? Having someone with you every step of the way.

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Edie and Richard are longtime friends with something special in common: they have both donated 100 units of blood with Bloodworks Northwest.

The secret to their dedication? Each other!

Edie and Richard met at work and discovered they both liked to donate blood around lunchtime. When their jobs eventually took separate paths, they continued their dine-and-donate tradition.

“And that’s what we do now,” Edie said. “Every two months, we check back: ‘Hi, let’s give blood. Let’s eat lunch.”

Edie started donating as a college student in the early 70s, while Richard became familiar with blood drives during his time in the military. Today, they count Bloodworks Northwest staff and volunteers as old friends.

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According to Edie and Richard, the key to consistent donation is a great support system—and some healthy competition, too.

“I think you can be a lot more consistent if you have someone that’s depending on you to be there,” Edie said. Richard added— “especially if she’s two pints ahead of you.”

When asked why they keep donating blood, Edie and Richard reflected on every individual’s lifesaving potential.

“It makes a big difference in somebody’s life,” Edie said. “Here you can donate something that isn’t money and you just grow it back. It’s no harm, no foul—a real nice kind of a deal.”

“It’s a fairly painless way of being a good citizen,” Richard said. “And you get free cranberry juice.”

Commemorating their 100-unit milestone, Edie and Richard added two golden leaves to the Tree of Life display at the Bloodworks Central Seattle Donor Center. With this honor, they join an elite group of donors uniquely driven to help people in their community.

What’s next for Edie and Richard? The two friends vow to continue donating—after all, it’s not every day you can save a life on lunch break.

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BloodworksNW 2016-2017 Holiday Hours

November 14, 2016 at 10:34 am

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To ensure that our community blood supply remains stable for patients in need, our Donor Centers will have special hours and openings during the 2016-2017 holiday season.

December

Theo chocolate bars will be given out on mobile drives (while supplies last) from Monday, 12/26- Saturday, 12/31!

Centers will have fresh holiday treats during this same time period. 

Sunday, December 25 (Christmas Day)

All Centers CLOSED

Monday, December 26th

All Centers normally open on Mondays (including Lane Blood Center) open 8 a.m. – 4 p.m, plus:

  • Everett: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Bellingham: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Silverdale: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Friday, December 30th

All Centers normally open on Fridays  open regular hours, plus Federal Way: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

January

Sunday, January 1, 2017 (New Year’s Day)

All Centers CLOSED

Monday, January 2nd

All Centers normally open on Mondays open regular hours, plus

  • Everett: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Bellingham: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Silverdale: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Friday, January 6th

All Centers normally open on Fridays open regular hours, plus Federal Way: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Make your appointment at schedule.bloodworksnw.org or by calling 1-800-398-7888.

FDA issues final guidance on deferral criteria for gay and bisexual men

December 21, 2015 at 1:13 pm

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On December 21, 2015 the FDA issued its final guidance on deferral criteria for men who have had sex with men, or MSM.

Under the FDA guidance, there will be a 12-month deferral on MSM donors.

The new policy aligns the MSM deferral period with those for other activities that might pose a similar risk of transfusion-transmissible infections.

BloodworksNW advocated for this change, and applauds the FDA’s decision to change the lifetime deferral. The lifetime ban was implemented in 1983 during the early stages of the AIDS epidemic, when little was known about the cause of HIV, and no quick test was available to determine if someone was infected.

Today the medical community has a thorough knowledge of the epidemiology of AIDS and the workings of HIV. We use several sensitive tests to detect potential infection in all blood donations. These tests will detect a “risky” donation less than two weeks after donor exposure to HIV.

The final FDA guidance today will not result in immediate MSM donations. While the FDA guidance now defines a pathway for previously deferred donors to give blood, we anticipate that it will take several months for all blood centers to update computer systems, modify processes and procedures, train staff, and implement these significant changes. We’ll be working diligently to determine the process for reinstating eligible donors who were deferred under the previous MSM policy.

We will make an announcement when we are ready to implement the new deferral criteria.

Other nations including, Australia, Britain, and Sweden, have already implemented a 12-month deferral period without any adverse impact on the safety of the blood supply.

We are pleased the FDA has recognized that the application of scientific evidence supports eliminating a lifetime ban on gay men to donate blood. With current medical knowledge and reliable and accurate testing, we can with confidence change the deferral period without compromising the safety of the community blood supply.

Information on Ebola precautions

October 15, 2014 at 10:18 am

ebolaThe news that two nurses have become infected with Ebola in Texas is unnerving for many in the U.S. According to the CDC, however, Ebola does not pose a significant risk currently to the American public.

Puget Sound Blood Center and local hospitals are vigilant in taking every precaution to ensure the safety of our blood supply.

People in the U.S. who were potentially infected with Ebola while visiting West Africa are already ineligible to donate for one year due to existing travel restrictions, as all of the countries impacted by the Ebola outbreak are also potential malaria risk regions.

Ebola is only contagious when patients exhibit symptoms, including fever, headache, muscle pain, fatigue, diarrhea, and vomiting. These symptoms would be identified in the routine pre-donation screening. Anyone who is not feeling well, for whatever reason, should not donate blood.

Furthermore, anyone who may have been in contact with patients with or suspected to have Ebola in the past 28 days has been asked to refrain from giving blood — we are adding additional questions to our screening procedure. There is no evidence of asymptomatic Ebola transmission, but we are taking this additional safety precaution.

Within our Centers and labs, we have robust precautionary procedures in place, and our staff are following those procedures.

Please feel free to contact our Clinical Program at (800) DONATE-1, x3077 or ClinicalProgram@psbc.org if you have any questions.

Every day is Earth Day!

April 22, 2014 at 9:01 am

Though Earth Day is officially celebrated on April 22, our facilities and transportation teams work hard to make Bloodworks Northwest’s operations as green and socially conscious as possible every day.

Recycling

We recycle everything from your post-donation juice bottles to Styrofoam and the plastic racks used in our laboratories.

Seadrunar (Seattle Drug & Narcotic Center, Inc.), our major recycling pickup vendor, utilizes the profit from BloodworksNW recyclables to enhance their programs

Seadrunar provides treatment and job training for people struggling with alcohol and drug addiction to help them rebuild their lives. Their work therapy program, residential treatment center, and child care center are just a few ways in which Seadrunar makes a difference in our community.

Compost

We also compost at some of our locations with Cedar Grove; compost keeps biodegradable material out of landfills and reduces the need for water, fertilizers, and pesticides on a farm or in your garden. Cedar Grove gives back to local businesses and provides a steady job market in our region, so it’s a win-win for the environment and community.

Energy-efficient vehicles

On the transportation side, two clean diesel BlueTEC Mercedes Sprinter vans are the primary vehicles that we use to transport blood products to and from our Donor Centers and hospitals across Western Washington and the Portland Area.

The emissions system in these vans uses a catalyst and a urea solution, in addition to a particulate filter, to clean all of the soot out of the exhaust — what comes out of the tailpipe is actually cleaner than the air that is drawn into the engine!

How do you take care of the Earth at home and at work?

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