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Posts by BCThomas

Why do people have different blood types?

Anyone who has donated blood knows one of the first things considered and tested is your blood type, to know how your blood might be used, and which patients have an acceptable blood type to receive your blood.  But a question that comes up from donors quite frequently is “Why do people have different blood…

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Small Patients, Big Impact

In a very short time I’ve had the great opportunity to visit and learn more about the hospitals, agencies, centers and corporations that support this industry and I never cease to be amazed. The thing that inspires me most from my visits is that we have truly incredible people working with us. I have met…

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Recruiting Students to Donate Blood

  No one will argue the importance of having young adults donate blood. It is only through their support that we are able to contend with the demands of our hospitals. But let’s face it; once young donors make a donation it can often be difficult to get them back. The American Red Cross says…

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Ric Martin, the “Walking Talking Platelet Factory”

On December 13th, a six-foot tall man with glasses walked into his favorite blood donation center in Dulles, Virginia and rolled up the right sleeve of his grey and black striped polo. He got his temperature, blood pressure, and iron tested. Then he checked, as he had so many times before, his platelet count. But…

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Not HIPAA Critical

Happy New Year! In the New Year your blood collection agency has new goals, new ideas, and hopefully a new invigorated spirit. My motto this year in my personal life is “Don’t set a resolution, start a revolution.” I am using this year to really maximize the talent and assets I have to up my…

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Every Drop Counts

If you’re in charge of a blood collection agency, center, or hospital blood bank you know the blood industry is about two things: donors and dollars. Donors make up the most important part of the equation, which is why they’re mentioned first.  However, as a member of a blood collection agency you always need to monitor…

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