In Intensely Competitive Field, One Blood Bank Thrives While Others Wither
The San Diego Blood Bank is expanding its horizons to deal with changing demand.
The San Diego Union-Tribune:
San Diego Blood Bank Pivots To Research Amid Drop In Transfusions
At a time when many of its peers have been forced to close or consolidate, the San Diego Blood Bank is thriving thanks to a new focus on research and dogged competition for business outside of its home market. For decades, the nonprofit’s focus has been on getting freshly collected units of red blood cells, platelets and plasma to the surgeons who use them to save lives. While that role remains the core of its business, a documented decline in the need for traditional blood products has forced this vital enterprise to expand its horizons from the operating room to the lab bench. (Sisson, 2/13)
In other news from across the state —
Fresno Nursing Home Resident Dies Of Legionnaires' Disease
Fresno County health officials said Monday a nursing home resident has died of Legionnaires’ disease. The patient’s identity, age and date of death were not released because of patient confidentiality laws, but health officials said they have been investigating Legionnaires’ disease at NorthPointe Health Centre on East Bullard Avenue since Jan. 23. No other cases of Legionnaires’ disease have been identified from the nursing home, the officials said. (Anderson, 2/13)