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February's newsletter includes these highlights:
- XIVth International Haemovigilance Seminar (April 25-27, 2012, Montreal, Canada) First time outside Europe
- US, French, & Japanese researchers identify proteins responsible for 2 new blood group systems
- Platelet Rich Plasma mania? (Multiple news items)
- 'It has always been my dream to nurse in a developing country....' Experiences in Siem Reap Provincial Hospital, Cambodia
- CSTM launches new redesigned website
- Bloodtechnet learning competition returns Feb. 24, 2012
- Héma-Québec's Public Cord Blood Bank 1st Canadian cord blood bank to be awarded FACT Accreditation
- Draft 'Patient Blood Management Guideline: Module 3 - Medical' (Open for consultation until 16 Mar. 2012)
- Health agency to restrict funding to 2 support groups for those with transfusion-associated HCV
- Saudi Arabia
- Shari'ah Medical Commission's protracted process forces expat to drop transfusion error case
- Serious call to deal with medical errors in Saudi hospitals
- Plans to introduce opt-out organ donation supported by almost two-thirds of Welsh people
- London's Air Ambulance first in UK to carry blood
- Bristol Heart Institute awarded £297,000 to research improved blood transfusion methods
- British Committee for Standards in Haematology, Transfusion Task Force, et al. Guidelines for validation and qualification, including change control, for hospital transfusion laboratories. Transfus Med 2012: pp. 5-43) Pub online: 15 Feb 2012.
- Plans to secretly test 30,000 NHS blood transfusion recipients amid escalating CJD fears
- IBMS Blood Group Serology Durham Conference (23 Mar. 2012)
- ARC and Dell launch first-of-its-kind social media Digital Operations Center for emergencies
- Halpern v. Wake Forest Univ. Health (Fascinating case: Med student diagnosed with 'Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder' dismissed from medical school for unprofessional conduct. He sued, lost, & appealed, again losing.)
- NIH asks for comment on blood donor policy for men who have sex with men
- ARC fined $9.6 million for unsafe blood collection
- Alba Bioscience: New £7m investment to fund expansion in Scottish subsiduary
- CSL: Quarantining of human albumin & product recall
- Immucor executives in the news:
- New CFO Dominique Petitgenet gets $375K base salary + perks
- CEO Bill Hawkins (former Medtronic CEO) to chair public-private partnership to bring regulatory sciences center for med technology to Minnesota
Diseases in the news
- Ireland: Health agency to restrict funding to 2 support groups for those with transfusion-associated HCV
- UK: Plans to secretly test 30,000 NHS blood transfusion recipients amid escalating CJD fears
- UK Blood Transfusion & Tissue Transplantation Services: Transfusion Evidence Library Survey 2012
- New TM blogs:
and much more...
- January 2012 issue of Transfusion: All papers are free full text.
- Eclectic selection of papers including
- Two in Transfusion that stimulated this month's blogs:
- Red blood cell products: consideration of the discrepant temperature ranges permitted for storage versus transport.
- Number of recent sexual partners among blood donors in Brazil: associations with donor demographics, donation characteristics, and infectious disease markers.
- Paper that discusses "What if shelf life becomes a consideration in ordering red blood cells?"
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Vancouver, Canada: Cosmetic uses emerge for PRP (Press release, 15 Feb. 2012)
Conference abstract (American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine's Specialty Day): PRP helps heal elbow injuries (12 Feb. 2012, San Francisco)
Florida, USA: PRP increasing in popularity (9 Feb. 2012)
Background: Is PRP an effective healing therapy? / PRP - What's behind the hype?
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UK Blood Transfusion & Tissue Transplantation Services: Transfusion Evidence Library Survey 2012
New TM blogs:
Blood donor questions about heterosexual sex (Musings on cultural differences in predonation screening)
The sound of silence (Musings on blood safety regulations)
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- Note: January 2012 issue of Transfusion: All papers are free full text.
- Below is a selection of papers, some with a background context to peak your interest:
- Bölke E, Axel Scherer A. Sickle cell disease. CMAJ 2012 Feb 21;184(3). (Clinical image)
- Campbell Lee S, Shaz B, Arena R, Sloan S, Fung M, Ramsey G. Red blood cell products: consideration of the discrepant temperature ranges permitted for storage versus transport. Transfusion. 2012 Jan;52(1):195-200.
- The focus of this study was to determine if there is significant data to prohibit short-term storage of red blood cells (RBCs; i.e., <24 hr) at 1 to 10oC rather than 1 to 6oC, which occurs not uncommonly when RBCs are stored in a cooler for a patient during surgery.
- Downes KA, Shulman IA. Pretransfusion testing practices in North America, 2005–2010: an analysis of the College of American Pathologists Interlaboratory Comparison Program J-Survey Data, 2005–2010. Arch Pathol Lab Med 2012 Mar;136(3):294-300.
- * Drackley A, Newbold KB, Paez A, Heddle N. Forecasting Ontario's blood supply and demand. Transfusion. 2012 Feb;52(2):366-74.
- Given an aging population that requires increased medical care, an increasing number of deferrals from the donor pool, and a growing immigrant population that typically has lower donation rates, the purpose of this article is to forecast Ontario's blood supply and demand.
- Patavino GM, et al. for the NHLBI Retrovirus Epidemiology Study-II (REDS-II), International Component. Number of recent sexual partners among blood donors in Brazil: associations with donor demographics, donation characteristics, and infectious disease markers. Transfusion 2012 Jan;52(1):151-9.
- Brazilian blood centers ask candidate blood donors about the number of sexual partners in the past 12 months. Candidates who report a number over the limit are deferred. We studied the implications of this practice on blood safety.
- Sayers M, Centilli J. What if shelf life becomes a consideration in ordering red blood cells? Transfusion 2012 Jan;52(1):201-6.
- The importance of understanding how patient outcomes might be compromised by the transfusion of older blood was underscored in a recent editorial by Ness who characterized the problem as "the most critical issue facing transfusion medicine." He also made the point that planning by blood centers, in anticipation that studies might reveal the superiority of fresher blood, was essential.
- * Shehata N, Burns LA, Nathan H, Hebert P, Hare GM, Fergusson D, Mazer CD. A randomized controlled pilot study of adherence to transfusion strategies in cardiac surgery. Transfusion. 2012 Jan;52(1):91-9.
- It is important to determine the optimal Hb concentration for RBC transfusion for patients undergoing cardiac surgery because increased mortality has been associated with the severity of anemia and exposure to RBCs. Because a definitive trial will require 1000s of patients, and because there is variability in transfusion practices, a pilot study was undertaken to determine adherence to proposed strategies.