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Campaign for Life

San Diego Blood Bank’s campaign is underway to raise $504,000 to purchase 14 new Trima Automated Blood Collection Systems (Trima systems) by December 2019.

Partner with SDBB and directly impact the thousands of lives saved each year by blood transfusion products.


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trauma survivor

Elizabeth Earley, trauma survivor, learned firsthand how important an emergency blood transfusion can be. She almost lost her arm—and her life—during a motorcycle accident. An off-duty physician stopped to help, cut the laces from Elizabeth’s boots, and made a tourniquet to stop the bleeding.

His words to her, “Don’t worry. You’re going to make it.”

Elizabeth received two units of blood in the ambulance and three more in the trauma bay at the hospital. This blood saved her life. Elizabeth never got to thank the good Samaritan, and she doesn’t know the names of her heroes—those blood donors who made sure she had the blood she needed. But she is certainly grateful.

In February 2019, Elizabeth began donating blood on a regular basis as a way of bringing her gratitude full circle.

My life was saved twice in succession: first by the stranger who slowed my bleeding just enough and second by the five transfusions of donated blood.
Now, I am a lifelong blood donor.

Thank you to the blood and financial donors who made it possible for me to be here today.
— Elizabeth Earley, Trauma survivor and blood donor

donating blood with trimas

Trima systems have revolutionized blood donors’ ability to donate plasma, platelets, and red blood cells.

 
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Trima cell separator

Trima systems separate whole blood into components through a process called apheresis.

  • Apheresis saves significant time for donors and enables us to collect the exact product we need from each blood type.

  • Prior to Trima systems, whole blood donations from eight donors were required to collect, separate and process one unit of platelets.

  • Thanks to Trimas systems, now one blood donor can donate, for example, 2 platelet units, 1 plasma unit, and 1 red blood cell unit at one time.

 

Philanthropy is at the heart of SDBB’s mission. SDBB philanthropic partners provide lifesaving resources to ensure a safe and robust blood supply for our community – thank you!
— Sherry Serio, Vice President of Development, SDBB

lifesaving blood components

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RED BLOOD CELLS

Red blood cells (RBCs) travel through your body delivering oxygen. RBCs are transfused most frequently and are needed by almost every type of person who needs a transfusion. RBCs are used for surgeries, traumas, and for treating anemia.

PLATELETS

Platelets are very small cells that control bleeding. Platelets are essential in supporting chemotherapy, surgery, and bone marrow transplant patients.

PLASMA

Plasma is the liquid part of the blood containing proteins and electrolytes that help blood to clot and transport substances through the blood. Plasma is often used to help people with liver conditions, burns, blood infections and more.

WHOLE BLOOD

Whole blood is made up of red and white blood cells, plasma, and platelets. An average human adult has between 9 and 12 pints of blood in their body. Whole blood donation is the most common type during which a pint (or unit) is donated.

 
 
 

Together, we are at the heart of healthcare

Every blood donation every dollar impacts the lives of local patients. Whose life will you save?


IMPACT

Cadence was born with a congenital heart defect and after multiple heart surgeries and blood transfusions was saved by blood donors.

Cadence was born with a congenital heart defect and after multiple heart surgeries and blood transfusions was saved by blood donors.

Bryan received lifesaving blood transfusions during surgery after a traumatic bike accident.

Bryan received lifesaving blood transfusions during surgery after a traumatic bike accident.

Selina receives regular red blood cell transfusions to treat sickle cell anemia.

Selina receives regular red blood cell transfusions to treat sickle cell anemia.

Ella receives red blood cell transfusions every three weeks to treat beta thessalamia major - a rare form of anemia.

Ella receives red blood cell transfusions every three weeks to treat beta thessalamia major - a rare form of anemia.


platelet donor: Samantha

 
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Samantha discovered after donating whole blood that she had a high platelet count. Now, she’s a dedicated platelet donor who regularly donates at our Gateway Donor Center.

Trima systems collect and separate the platelets and return the plasma and red blood cells back to her while she watches movies. Generosity comes in many forms, and platelet donation is a wonderful way to give the gift of life.

Platelets must be tested and transfused within 5 days of a donation. Because of this, the need for platelet donors is constant.

 

Thanks to dedicated donors like Samantha and our super hero Trima systems, SDBB provides patients with lifesaving platelets, plasma, and red blood cells.

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did you know?

  • San Diego Blood Bank operates 24/7 to ensure a blood supply is available STAT!

  • In 2018, SDBB delivered 2,255 STAT orders to hospitals in San Diego, Orange, Los Angeles, and Imperial Counties.

  • Blood products are rushed to operating rooms, trauma rooms, or to replenish hospital’s blood bank inventory after a trauma.

  • SDBB’s Hospital Services coordinates the delivery of lifesaving blood products for our 49 Southern California hospital partners.


Lifesaving Blood Supply Distributed in 2017/2018

 

106,505

RED BLOOD CELLS

25,486

PLATELET UNITS

30,660

PLASMA PRODUCTS

 

A lot of our hospitals, donors, and community might be unaware of all the moving parts it takes for blood to get to the hospitals. We actually like it that way here at San Diego Blood Bank. We handle those pressures and
make sure everything is smooth, so nobody in the community has to worry.
— Rob Simpson, Manager of Hospital Services, Customer Experience

invest in Life!

Your gift in support of San Diego Blood Bank’s Campaign for Life can qualify you as a Leadership or Visionary Circle Member. Members enjoy exclusive benefits.


Make an appointment to donate platelets, plasma, and red blood cells.
Save lives and see a Trima system in action!

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