Blog of Bloodworks Northwest



Blood donations help kids with sickle cell disease live a normal life

By Alix Dassler, ARNP, advanced practice provider, Seattle Children’s Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic, Sickle Cell Program. My life’s work is taking care of children with sickleRead more →

Batter Up – Rick Rizzs (S1 E17)

Back in March, when the COVID-19 pandemic first began, it looked like the impact on our ability to collect blood would be devastating. Social distancing guidelinesRead more →
Image of COVID-19 virus under a microscope surrounded by ABO blood types

COVID-19, Bloodworks, and you: Is blood type a risk factor for COVID-19?

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the landscape of everyday life for us all. The enormous burden faced by our medical, social, and economic systems has beenRead more →

COVID-19, Bloodworks, and you: What is convalescent plasma?

Can plasma from a COVID-19 survivor help someone currently battling the disease? History says it’s possible, and Bloodworks is at the forefront of the work toRead more →
Beware of zombies

There’s no substitute for donated blood (unless it’s entertainment)

A spooky history of fake blood. Blood is life. Unless it’s a pint voluntarily given by one of our generous donors in a neat little bag,Read more →

Fear of Needles – I Want to Donate But … (S2 E1)

Do you have trypanophobia? It’s the fear of needles and it’s way more common than you think. In fact, it plays a huge role in whetherRead more →
Photo of childhood cancer doctor Dr. Katherine Tarlock with medical equipment

Blood donations make childhood cancer treatment possible

by Dr. Katherine Tarlock, pediatric oncologist at Seattle Children’s As a cancer doctor, I would say that blood transfusions are as essential to our patients’ careRead more →