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 →

Serum for Research: What is serum donation?

One third of all blood donations go to patients fighting cancer. For many of these individuals, their blood counts drop as a result of treatments likeRead more →

Amtrak 501 & WA & OR State Blood Donor Day: When a Tragedy Becomes a Call to Action

“Amtrak 501, emergency, emergency, emergency! We are on the ground!“ Those are the frenzied words of the conductor of Amtrak train 501 on the morning ofRead more →
Blood drop

Bloodworks First-Person: Am I the right (body) type of blood donor?

American culture is expanding the definition of beauty – or at least, we’re trying. From the updated Instagram nudity policy due to censorship of plus-size modelsRead more →

Gifts for Blood Donors

Happy holidays! If shopping for your favorite blood donor is on your schedule, we’ve got you covered. Here are a few gift ideas* for every typeRead more →