30 May 2020 (Saturday) - BTLP-TACT Excercise



Well… it is seventeen days since I last did a BTLP-TACT exercise so I had better get busy…

I was presented with one case – an eighty-year old woman requiring group and save prior to a hysterectomy.
She grouped as A Rh(D) Positive with a negative antibody screen.

I got the green light…

29 May 2020 (Friday) - Transfusion Evidence Library Update



The nice people at the Transfusion Evidence Library sent their missive today. Finally we are moving back to updates which are about more than just the ongoing pandemic:


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28 May 2020 (Thursday) - UKAS Update



The nice people at UKAS sent their newsletter today. Apparently they have set some standards for COVID-19 testing. Reading the newspapers it would seem that anyone who wants to test for the stuff has just been having a go up till now.
Perhaps this might be a move for the better?

28/ May 2020 (Thursday) - Transfusion News Update



The Transfusion News talks about the use of convalescent plasma for the treatment of patients with COVID-19… We’ve started stocking the stuff.
Perhaps COVID-19 *is* more relevant to me than I thought?


Convalescent Plasma Decreases Mortality for Non-Intubated Patients with Severe COVID-19
May 27, 2020
Based on a preliminary propensity score-matched control study, convalescent plasma is beneficial for non-intubated patients with severe COVID-19. At the Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, 39 hospitalized patients (average age, 55 years; 64% male) with severe to life-threatening COVID-19 were transfused with [Read More]
Convalescent Plasma for COVID-19 Safe in First 5,000 Patients
May 19, 2020
With limited therapies for patients with COVID-19 and a mortality rate of approximately 50% for patients in the ICU, demand is high for convalescent plasma from individuals who have recovered from COVID-19. Convalescent plasma has been requested for [Read More]

26 May 2020 (Tuesday) - Slacking ?


I haven’t been posting as much as I usually do on here… How I collate my CPD is I subscribe to pretty much every work/science-related mailing list in the known universe. I put all the emails into one folder, and a couple of times a week I weed through the list. “Weed” being a rather good description as I usually delete ten articles that I am sent for every one I remark about on here.
At the moment pretty much everything is about COVID-19. Which isn’t *that* relevant to what I do…
I mention this because if I am called up for audit next year I don’t want anyone to think I’m slacking…

21 May 2020 (Thursday) - Chemotherapy's Toxicity



The Oncologist” newsletter appeared today. One article caught my eye. Predicting the toxicity of chemotherapy… Chemotherapy isn’t nice stuff; is it going to do more harm than good?

20 May 2020 (Wednesday) - Mild Bleeding Disorders


Here’s an interesting article – the investigation of mild bleeding disorders. Laboratory findings *aren’t* the be-all and end-all of the matter…