ASFA Newsflash: Meet Art Maxwell Apheresis Hero

Meet Art Maxwell - Apheresis Hero

My short story on blood donation began when a nurse practitioner told me that I have a really rare blood type. She said you are AB Negative. If you decide to help, you would be great at the blood bank. So, after a few years of whole blood donations, it was all good. Doing a good deed

is its own reward and that is all the motivation I needed.


The larger apheresis machines and process intrigued me, but I was ineligible at the time. So, I was asked to please try again. In the meantime, I had a very young son, who would come with me as I donated whole blood and watched the whole show with big eyes! Later, he came on his 16th birthday to donate for the first time – the first day he was eligible.


Overall, the sense of duty comes down to feeling like there is meaning to having a CALLING and hearing it, then answering it. All of us have blessings and adversities in our lives - it is how we respond that counts. After making the cut for apheresis with another try- the plasma and platelets added up and I got the call recently that totals had hit 25 gallons. My goal is to hit 30 gallons in a month or two. Could not be doing this without the support of my wonderful wife, who makes the great meals that sustain this. She and I met when we were 12 years old almost 50 years ago. Also having a hand is the best apheresis recruiter in the west- Karen Crawford

who has encouraged me, even when I have faltered. Kudos to the technicians at Oakland Blood Center who do their jobs like the professionals they are.

In addition to regularly saving lives, Mr. Maxwell is a lifelong bicycle mechanic and cycling enthusiast. He also performs regularly on the flute and saxophone in the Bay Area and across the country with legendary guitarist Calvin Keys.

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September Webinar on Telemedicine in Apheresis

Title: Telemedicine in Apheresis: An introduction to the evolving issues of virtual consultation, privileging, documentation, and medical-legal aspects of apheresis telemedicine practice

Date: Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm ET

Speaker: Jan Hofmann, MD, MPH, MS

Apheresis SOP Manual Available

The Apheresis Standard Operating Procedures Manual is intended to provide the reader with a collection of sample SOPs that can be adapted for their institution's use. 

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