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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 →

Charles Drew: Plasma Pioneer, “Father of Blood Banking,” and American Hero

Every two seconds, someone in the United States requires a blood transfusion. And it is in large part thanks to the pioneering research of Dr. Charles Drew, whose revolutionary work changed the landscape of blood collection and storage and, historians say, saved the lives of millions of soldiers in WWII, that today we have blood banks in our communities to help people when they need blood to live. “He was a giant in our industry,” said OneBlood Chief Technical Officer Dr. Mike Pratt, who also describes Drew’s research as forming the basis for what would later become cross-matching compatibility testing, which is used in blood banks all over the world today. But it is for what Dr. Charles Drew did for blood stabilization and preservation that his work’s legacy endures today. Read more →

Bloodworks Beyond Borders: Like Water, So Is Blood

“Water is life, we live because of it. Like water, so is blood…” -Tanzanian Taxi Driver We had plenty of rain while in Tanzania and Kenya. According to the local game lodge, there was more rain in June than has ever been recorded in a single month.  Read more →
Dr. Kruse-Jarres sitting at her desk.

Bloodworks First Person: “I dream about curing hemophilia and owning a coffee shop in the Caribbean”

Welcome to Bloodworks First Person, a series profiling Bloodworks Northwest employees, volunteers and donors. Dr. Rebecca Kruse-Jarre is the medical director of Bloodworks’ Washington Center for Bleeding Disorders which helps patients with hemophilia and Von Willebrand disease be healthy and independent.Read more →