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SCBB to Aquire New Technology
SunCoast Blood Bank has reached its fundraising goal of $71,100 for the purchase of a flow cytometer, initiated by a $30,000 challenge grant awarded by the Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation in January. A $20,000 matching grant from the Charlotte P. Graver Fund of the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, $16,000 from the Florida Cancer Specialists and Research Foundation, and $5,100 from individual gifts through The Giving Partner 36-Hour Giving Challenge, completed the initiative.
This instrument will allow the automation of blood cell assessment that is currently being done manually. Flow cytometers are widely used in blood banks during the separation and counting of white cells in each blood product to eliminate the risk of infections in transfusion procedures. While a hematologist can count 200 cells in less than a minute by hand, a flow cytometer can discriminate cells at speeds up to 70,000 cells per second. The acquisition of the Flow Cytometer for the SCBB lab will make this process increasingly faster, safer and more efficient.