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December's TraQ newsletter includes these highlights:
- Delay in ordering blood resulted in death and $9 million award - Court of Appeals Verdict (Fascinating case of interest to physicians, nurses, medical technologists)
- AABB Standards open for comment to 28 Dec. 2012:
- Proposed 8th ed. of Standards for Immunohematology Reference Laboratories
- Proposed 2nd ed. of Standards for Molecular Testing for Red Cell, Platelet, and Neutrophil Antigens
- Héma-Québec to run more cultures after quarantine of 70% of blood supply over blood bag leaks
- CBS move to amend blood donation rules over MSM doesn’t go far enough, says thwarted donor
Australia / NZ
- Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia launches fun social media campaign to encourage viewers to imagine a "World Without Pathologists"
- 30 years of HIV - Rates increase amid new hope for a cure
- Safer transfusions hope for babies found by University of Adelaide researchers
- Patient Blood Management Guidelines (Nov. 2012 progress update)
- Understaffed and underpaid blood centre staff decide to stay on
- IBTS postpones full implementation of EU Blood Directive after Hb standard leads to more deferrals
- Outgoing chair warns Health Minister that not filling IBTS board vacancies creates “unacceptable risk”
- Royal Bournemouth Hospital joins NHSBT pilot of electronic tracking systems to monitor blood stocks
- More nurses using twitter
- Scotland: New £36.4m blood testing centre given green light
- Homicide rates fall despite soaring gun violence, partly due to advances in blood transfusion practices
- TM RFID Consortium finds RFID improves efficiency of blood supply chain, seeks FDA 510(k) clearance
- Also see General above
- Immucor launches Lab Education And Resource Network (LEARN)
Diseases in the news
- HIV: Archives of San Francisco Chronicle from 3 Dec. 1987
- Resources from BC PBCO, inc. transfusion reaction webinars
- New TM blog: Here comes the sun (Musings on putting fun back into transfusion medicine)
- Eclectic articles, including one on informed consent and another on the impact of a shorter shelf life for RBC.
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- * Blake JT, Hardy M, Delage G, Myhal G. Déjà-vu all over again: using simulation to evaluate the impact of shorter shelf life for red blood cells at Héma-Québec. Transfusion. 2012 Nov 12. [Epub ahead of print]
- Franklin IM. Blood transfusion safety: a new philosophy. Transfus Med 2012 Dec; 22(6): 377-82.
- Friedman M, Arja W, Batra R, Daniel S, Hoehn D, Paniz AM, et al. Informed consent for blood transfusion: what do medicine residents tell? What do patients understand? Am J Clin Pathol. 2012 Oct;138(4):559-65.
- Learoyd P. The history of blood transfusion prior to the 20th century part 2. Transfus Med 2012 Dec; 22(6): 372-6.
- *O'Brien SF, Scalia V, Goldman M, Fan W, Yi QL, Dines IR, Huang M, Ndao M, Fearon MA. Selective testing for Trypanosoma cruzi: the first year after implementation at Canadian Blood Services. Transfusion. 2012 Nov 12. [Epub ahead of print]