CRBS SHOUT-OUT: Gordy made platelet donation number 300!

Bright and early this morning Gordy made platelet donation number 300. THREE HUNDRED!

The dedication and commitment that Gordy has for his community is outstanding. We are so fortunate that he is part of our CRBS family. Thank you, Gordy, for your generous heart that has saved the lives of so many!


Multicare Vitals: After recovering from COVID-19, MultiCare surgeon donates funds and his own plasma to help others

MultiCare Vitals shares the story of Dr. Prakash Gatta, MBBS, FACS, an esophageal surgeon who contracted COVID-19 in March.

“At its worst, it felt like a very unusual flu — one like I’d never had before. And even today, I’m still feeling weak and sleeping isn’t always easy. The effects are still lingering.”

Dr. Gatta recovered, and immediately signed up to donate his convalescent plasma in a clinical trial that Cascade Regional Blood Services is running in partnership with the Mayo Clinic. The trial will help future patients who are infected.

“Until a vaccine comes out, there is no drug for this, so studies like these become very important,” Gatta explains.

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$500 GIFT CARD GIVEAWAY

DONATE BLOOD. WIN A GIFT CARD.

Cascade Regional Blood Services is giving away gift cards to 13 lucky donors between July 1 – December 12. Each time you register to donate blood (whole blood and automated) you will automatically be entered into a drawing to win a $500 gift card.

  • $500 online gift cards.
  • Thirteen winners.
  • One winner will be drawn every other week for 26 weeks.
  • Whole Blood and Automated Donors are eligible.
  • Donors are automatically entered to win after registering to donate at a Donor Center or Blood Drive.
  • The more you donate the more chances you have to win.
  • Choose between a Visa or Amazon Gift Card.
  • Gift Card will be sent via email.
  • Therapeutic procedures are not eligible to win.


The News Tribune: Convalescent plasma seen as 'glimmer of hope' for people suffering from COVID-19

The News Tribune reports that regional blood banks—including Cascade Regional Blood Services—are collecting plasma to send to hospitals, giving sick individuals the antibodies to fight COVID-19.

The plasma filled with these antibodies is transfused into sick people to give their immune system a fighting chance, said Tara Crosby, quality assurance director for Cascade Regional Blood Services.

[…] “We really do need as many people as possible to increase our donor base for convalescent plasma,” Crosby said. “If you’ve recovered and want to help, we’d love to hear from you.”

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Recovered COVID-19 patient Alissa Kelli Sarbiewski donates plasma at Cascade Regional Blood Services

South Sound Magazine: Recovered COVID Patients’ Plasma Donations Could Lead to Treatment

Recovered COVID-19 patient Alissa Kelli Sarbiewski donates plasma at Cascade Regional Blood Services

South Sound Magazine reports that Cascade Regional Blood Services is taking part in a national effort to search for new treatments and vaccines for COVID-19, largely by looking at blood plasma donations from people who have recovered from it.

Enumclaw resident Alissa Kelli Sarbiewski is one of many recovered COVID patients who has decided to donate her blood plasma to research.

“I donated plasma because I want to help others who are suffering with COVID-19,” Sarbiewski said. “If my antibodies are the way I can pay it forward, I’m eager to take part. The biggest lesson in all of this for me is that even the hardest trials can become positive and meaningful when seen through a lens of potentially helping someone else.”

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Kent Reporter: MultiCare Health System Announces New Treatment for COVID-19 Patients: Seeks Plasma Donations from People Recovered from Coronavirus

Tacoma-based MultiCare Health System, including hospitals in Auburn and Covington, has another treatment option for patients hospitalized with COVID-19.

The Expanded Access Program for Convalescent Plasma, led by the Mayo Clinic, is for COVID-19 patients who have or are at risk of severe or life-threatening disease, according to a MultiCare news release on Monday. Patients who choose this treatment get a transfusion of plasma donated by people who have recovered from COVID-19, or “convalescents,” and have since tested negative. The donor plasma contains antibodies that can attack the virus, and early studies have shown that it may help patients recover faster.

The first three MultiCare patients to get donor plasma were treated April 18.

“We are treating those who are faring the worst first,” said Dr. Scott Meehan Jr., the program’s primary investigator for MultiCare’s Puget Sound region hospitals.

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Recovering local COVID-19 patients leading the charge in the race to develop new treatments

TACOMA, Wash.April 29, 2020 — Washington was the first epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S., and Pierce County was among the earliest and hardest hit. Now it’s at the forefront of the race for new treatments and vaccines, thanks in part to the work of Cascade Regional Blood Services.

Treatments depend on research of blood plasma donations from people who’ve recovered from COVID-19. The FDA is coordinating a national effort along with America’s Blood Centers to develop these treatments.

Convalescent COVID-19 plasma is not only being studied for its antibodies—the plasma itself may be administered as an emergency treatment for patients critically ill with the disease. The topic of convalescent blood plasma is highly likely to trend in coming weeks and months. Because our region was the earliest and hardest hit, we have the greatest number of recovered patients who can and are contributing.

In Pierce and South King Counties, Cascade Regional Blood Services (CRBS) is coordinating the local effort to collect convalescent plasma, which is then distributed through MultiCare hospitals and a national network called BioLinked to provide blood products for treatments and research.

Recovered COVID patients such as Alissa from Enumclaw have marched right back in to a donation center. “I donated plasma because I want to help others who are suffering with COVID-19. If my antibodies are the way I can pay it forward, I’m eager to take part. The biggest lesson in all of this for me is that even the hardest trials can become positive and meaningful when seen through a lens of potentially helping someone else.”

Donating blood and plasma is absolutely safe. If you or someone you know has tested positive for COVID-19 and has recovered, visit crbs.net or contact 1-800-24-BLOOD for more information on how to donate.

About Cascade Regional Blood Services
Cascade Regional Blood Services is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 independent blood center serving community hospitals and clinics in Western Washington since 1946. CRBS provides blood products, therapeutic apheresis services, and support to pharmaceutical partners. With a dedicated volunteer donor base, CRBS conducts over 1,000 blood drives a year and has three donor center locations, including a laboratory in their Tacoma headquarters.  For more than 25 years, research companies have looked to CRBS to support their individual and IRB endeavors through recruitment and specialized collections.  For more information, visit https://www.crbs.net/.

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KIRO-7 NEWS story about MultiCare seeking plasma donations from recovering COVID-19 patients

KIRO-7: MultiCare Health System seeks plasma donations from COVID-19 survivors

KIRO-7 NEWS ran a story about MultiCare encouraging eligible people who have recovered from COVID-19 to donate plasma at Cascade Regional Blood Services.

Donations to Cascade Regional Blood Services will be sent to MultiCare’s Puget Sound region hospitals, and may be used in urgently needed research as well.

Patients who choose this treatment get a transfusion of plasma donated by people who have recovered from COVID-19, or “convalescents,” and have since tested negative. The donor plasma contains antibodies that can attack the virus, and early studies have shown that it may help patients recover faster.

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TV Tacoma's CityLine speaks to Cascade Regional Blood Services: Why It's safe to give blood right now

Amanda Westbrook, from TV Tacoma’s CityLine speaks to Steve Freed, Laboratory Operations Manager for Cascade Regional Blood Services about why now is a safe and important time to give blood.

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