- Ethics debate for medical research on preemies: how much should parents be warned of risks? (Also see USA below)
- What are the indications for a blood transfusion?
- Practice guidelines support clinical judgment, but growing evidence suggests the threshold for blood transfusions should be a Hb of 7-8 g/dL (70-80 g/L)
- McCullough TK, McCullough J. Strengthening blood programs in developing countries. Transfus Apher Sci. 2013 Aug 15. pii: S1473-0502(13)00233-4. [Epub ahead of print]
- CBS recalls 1500 blood units after some not tested properly for CMV over 3 days, with assurance 'very little risk' posed (23 Aug. 2013)
- Photos of CSTM 2013 Annual Meeting [Thanks to webmaster Bev Padget]
- Should Canadians be paid for plasma? (CBC podcast) | Andre Picard ~13:10 of 20 mins.
- Continuing Education / Professional Development
- 11th Annual CBS International Symposium - Utilization Of Blood Products: A Focus On Platelets (21 Sept., Toronto, ON)
- BC PBCO and CBS 13th Annual Education Session on Blood Transfusion Issues (27 Sept. 2013, Vancouver, BC) | Free Registration
- Group O woman dies after transfusion of group B blood (4 July 2013)
- 1504 cases of transfusion-associated HIV reported in 2012-13, down from 2315 cases in 2011-12 (19 Aug. 2013)
- Dog saves cat in rare inter-species blood transfusion (21 Aug. 2013) | Also see Ginger tabby Rory saved by black Labrador Macy
- Girl transfused with HIV+ blood leaves hospital, HIV-negative (3 Sept. 2013)
- Auditors find blood with maggots (13 Aug. 2013) | How does this happen?
- BBTS Annual Conference 2013 (16-18th October, ICC, Birmingham)
- Blood plasma company sale to Bain Capital 'endangers NHS supplies' (25 Aug. 2013) | Former health minister criticises govt 'mind-boggling' decision to sell Plasma Resources UK to USA private equity firm
- NIH defends Transfusion of Premature (TOP) trial to determine best way to treat anemia in premature babies (23 Aug. 2013)
- Johnson & Johnson looks to turn fading Ortho Clinical Diagnostics into cash (12 Sept. 2013) | Some fascinating tidbits
- SmithKline Beecham vs Abbott Laboratories: Abbott removes juror because he's gay in suit over hiking HIV drug price (16 Aug. 2013)
- Pradaxa wrongful death lawsuit seeks $1 million damages against Boehringer Ingelheim (28 Aug. 2013)
- WNV - Canada: 2013 BC Contingency plan for WNV and the blood supply
- HCV: See Selvarajah & Busch paper under Journals below
- AABB (July 2013): New & updated Emerging Infectious Disease Fact Sheets
- New: Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV)
- Updated: Anaplasma phagocytophilum | Babesia | Ehrlichia, Hepatitis A Virus
- Bolton-Maggs PH, Davies T, Poles D, Cohen H. Errors in anti-D immunoglobulin administration: retrospective analysis of 15 years of reports to the UK confidential haemovigilance. BJOG. 2013 Jun;120(7):873-8. Epub 2013 Mar 13.
- Chhabra A, Raj D, Choudhary PN, Grover A. Interesting case of G6PD deficiency anemia with severe hemolysis. Asian J Transfus Sci. 2013 Jul-Dec; 7(2): 147–8. | Free full text
- Gitlin M, Lee JA, Spiegel DM, Carson JL, Song X, Custer BS, et al. Outpatient red blood cell transfusion payments among patients on chronic dialysis. BMC Nephrol. 2012 Nov 2;13:145. doi: 10.1186/1471-2369-13-145. | Includes cost of complications
- Selvarajah S, Busch MP. Transfusion transmission of HCV, a long but successful road map to safety. Antivir Ther. 2012;17(7 Pt B):1423-9. Epub 2012 Dec 7. | Free full text
- Shastry S, Lewis LE,Bhat SS. A rare case of haemolytic disease of newborn with Bombay phenotype mother. Asian J Transfus Sci. 2013 Jul-Dec; 7(2): 153–5. | Free full text
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