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Motivating Donors: Lessons from Collecting COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma

Early in the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, many blood centers began collecting and distributing COVID-19 convalescent plasma (CCP). Researchers from the American Red Cross conducted a survey of CCP donors during the first five months of the CCP collection period (April 27-September 15, 2020) to gather information about their donation experience and motivations. Read about their findings here.


  • The Home Fire Campaign: Prevention is the Best Medicine

    October 14, 2022. North Las Vegas, Nevada. Cherise Coleman and her family escaped a fire unharmed at their North Las Vegas home in September 2022, thanks to free smoke alarms installed a few years earlier by American Red Cross volunteers, including Eva Stowers (left). Few disasters cause as much harm to people and their homes…


  • Association of Whole Blood with Survival Among Patients Presenting with Severe Hemorrhage in US and Canadian Adult Civilian Trauma Centers.

    Torres CM et al. JAMA Surg. Published online January 18, 2023. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2022.6978 Trauma continues to be the leading cause of death in US civilians under 45 years of age.[i] Transfusion strategies to lessen morbidity and mortality caused by hemorrhage and trauma-induced coagulopathy (TIC) have been influenced by military success during wartime. The use of whole…


  • Oh, Baby, Baby!! A Case Study

    Case: A 29-year-old female presented to her obstetrician’s office for a routine 16-week checkup. Routine prenatal blood work was ordered, which included a type and screen. The hospital had no prior record of the patient and proceeded with routine testing. The patient typed O, Rh positive with a positive antibody screen using column agglutination testing…


  • SPOTLIGHT On LAB WEEK: Red Cross labs advance patient care

    Although far from the spotlight, medical laboratory scientists and other laboratory professionals play a vital role in health care and patient outcome. The work of testing, diagnosing, and treatment is crucial in saving lives—but the Red Cross takes laboratory services a step further. Improving patient care through innovation and decades of research lies at the…



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