The IBMS Newsletter arrived by email today. I’ve been rather disparaging about this in the past. Whilst there wasn’t an awful lot which was immediately relevant to me, it certainly seems to have improved over the last month or so.
I must admit to a wry smile when I looked at the forthcoming events. Time was when each hospital used to host an IBMS event at least twice every year. There used to be quite major IBMS haematology events at St Thomas’s Hospital every month.
Perhaps we might resurrect local IBMS branches…. ?
Labels: IBMS Newsletter
I spent today on a “people manager” course. It has been decided that managers need to be supported and offered training. I think this is an excellent idea. Had it been offered back when I was a manager things may well have turned out differently.
Today’s course was interesting. It might have been a whole lot better had the classes attendances been planned somewhat differently. As the only non-nurse present I did feel that much of the day was wasted on me.
In retrospect I went along purely thinking the thing would be something of a skive. I actually did learn a thing or two from it. But I must admit I do find it ironic to be sent on a people manager course shortly after being refused promotion to a managerial position…
Cochrane UK is launching ‘Evidence for Everyday Allied Health’ (#EEAHP). This ongoing series aims to give Allied Health Professionals relevant evidence and resources, in quick and easy formats, though social media. They’ve called it ‘everyday’ because they will be focusing on common topics, or those that are applicable across specialities. It also acknowledges that everyday practice should be evidence-based practice!
They will also be including blogs by and for Allied Health Professionals on the Evidently Cochrane blog, a great way to share accessible evidence summaries in context. They also plan to have occasional tweetchats, in partnership with @WeAHPs.
Here’s what they say I can do to get involved:
I’ve signed up – we’ll see what comes of it…
Today a rep gave a talk on beriplex and also the associated use of vitamin K. All rather interesting. However I feel might have learned more had the rep not been singing the praises of the local medical staff in (what I thought was) a rather shallow sucking-up.
Labels: cpd talk
I spent a day with the specialist from STAGO learning about he new coagulometer that is being installed in the lab in a few weeks time.
Basically it’s the same as the one we have already… but there are one or two new wrinkles I need to get my head around…
Here’s something… I find myself struggling against tiredness more and more these days. I seem to do far better when on the nights cycle of my shift. Although the hours are longer and at nights, I only do two consecutively.
Perhaps I should ask to do longer days (and less of them) routinely. Or go back to the sleep clinic….
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- Roxadustat (FG-4592) versus
epoetin alfa for anemia in patients receiving maintenance hemodialysis: a
phase 2, randomized, 6- to 19-week, open-label, active-comparator,
dose-ranging, safety and exploratory efficacy study
Provenzano R; Besarab A; Wright S; Dua S; Zeig S; Nguyen P; Poole L; Saikali KG; Saha G; Hemmerich S; Szczech L; Yu KH; Neff TB
American Journal of Kidney Diseases : the Official Journal of the National Kidney Foundation. 2016
- Double volume exchange
transfusion in severe neonatal sepsis
Aradhya AS; Sundaram V; Kumar P; Ganapathy SM; Jain A; Rawat A
Indian Journal of Pediatrics. 2016;83(-2):107-13
- The effects of exchange
transfusion for prevention of complications during pregnancy of sickle
hemoglobin C disease patients
Benites BD; Benevides TC; Valente IS; Marques JF Jr; Gilli SC; Saad ST
- Intravenous versus oral iron for
the treatment of anemia in inflammatory bowel disease: a systematic review
and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials
Bonovas S; Fiorino G; Allocca M; Lytras T; Tsantes A; Peyrin-Biroulet L; Danese S
- Red blood cell transfusion in
patients with traumatic brain injury: a systematic review and
Boutin A; Chasse M; Shemilt M; Lauzier F; Moore L; Zarychanski R; Griesdale D; Desjardins P; Lacroix J; Fergusson D; Turgeon AF
Transfusion Medicine Reviews. 2016;30(-1):15-24
- Thrombelastography-guided blood
product use before invasive procedures in cirrhosis with severe
coagulopathy: a randomized, controlled trial
De Pietri L; Bianchini M; Montalti R; De Maria N; Di Maira T; Begliomini B; Gerunda GE; di Benedetto F; Garcia-Tsao G; Villa E
- The efficacy of preoperative oral
tranexamic acid on intraoperative bleeding during rhinoplasty
Eftekharian HR; Rajabzadeh Z
Journal of Craniofacial Surgery. 2016;27(-1):97-100
- Membrane versus centrifuge-based
therapeutic plasma exchange: a randomized prospective crossover study
Hafer C; Golla P; Gericke M; Eden G; Beutel G; Schmidt JJ; Schmidt BM; De Reys S Kielstein JT
International Urology & Nephrology. 2016;48(-1):133-8
- INSIGHT FLU005: An anti-influenza
virus hyperimmune intravenous immunoglobulin pilot study
INSIGHT FLU005 IVIG Pilot Study Group
Journal of Infectious Diseases. 2016;213(-4):574-8
- Preoperative supplementation with
fibrinogen concentrate in cardiac surgery: a randomized controlled study
Jeppsson A; Walden K; Roman-Emanuel C; Thimour-Bergstrom L; Karlsson M
British Journal of Anaesthesia. 2016;116(-2):208-14
- Topical and intravenous
tranexamic acid reduce blood loss compared to routine hemostasis in total
knee arthroplasty: a multicenter, randomized, controlled trial
Aguilera X; Martinez-Zapata MJ; Hinarejos P; Jordan M; Leal J; Gonzalez JC; Monllau JC; Celaya F; Rodriguez-Arias A; Fernandez JA; Pelfort X; Puig-Verdie L
Archives of Orthopaedic & Trauma Surgery. 2015;135(-7):1017-25
- The safety of intravenous iron
preparations: systematic review and meta-analysis.
Avni T; Bieber A; Grossman A; Green H; Leibovici L; Gafter-Gvili A
Mayo Clinic Proceedings. 2015;90(-1):12-23
- Single dose intravenous
tranexamic acid as effective as continuous infusion in primary total knee
arthroplasty: a randomised clinical trial
Hourlier H; Reina N; Fennema P
Archives of Orthopaedic & Trauma Surgery. 2015;135(4):465-71
- Pre-emptive treatment with
fibrinogen concentrate for postpartum haemorrhage: randomized controlled
Wikkelso AJ; Edwards HM; Afshari A; Stensballe J; Langhoff-Roos J; Albrechtsen C; Ekelund K; Hanke G; Secher EL; Sharif HF; Pedersen LM; Troelstrup A; Lauenborg J; Mitchell AU; Fuhrmann L; Svare J; Madsen MG; Bodker B; Moller AM; FIB-PPHtrial group
British Journal of Anaesthesia. 2015;114(4):623-33
- Transfusion-related adverse
events in the Platelet Dose study
Kaufman RM; Assmann SF; Triulzi DJ; Strauss RG; Ness P; Granger S; Slichter SJ
- Transfusion requirements in
surgical oncology patients: a prospective, randomized controlled trial
Pinheiro de Almeida J; Vincent JL; Barbosa Gomes Galas FR; Pinto Marinho de Almeida E; Fukushima JT; Osawa EA; Bergamin F; Lee Park C; Nakamura RE; Fonseca SM; Cutait G; Inacio Alves J; Bazan M; Vieira S; Vieira Sandrini AC; Palomba H; Ribeiro U Jr; Crippa A; Dalloglio M; Del Pilar Estevez Diz M; Kalil Filho R; Costa Auler JO Jr; Rhodes A; Hajjar LA
Here’s something which caught my eye. “What Everyone Should Know about Lab Tests - They aren't always correct and they aren't always useful”
The article challenges the public’s conception that science is infallible… whilst it is a good review of possible errors in laboratories I read with with a definite feeling that the author had an axe to grind. I wonder if they had….
Labels: journal review
The IBMS Newsletter came via email today. Interestingly the email format looked rather dull. I must admit I didn’t really take much notice of it. But when I clicked the “View in browser” option although it didn’t actually call up anything new, because it was laid out more concisely I suddenly realised there was actually quite a bit to be read.
I’ve been scathing about the IBMS newsletter in the past. I shall click on the “View in browser” option more often
Labels: IBMS Newsletter
The BBTS newsletter came by email today. There wasn’t really much on note this time. A reminder to renew my subscription, and information for bursaries and about submitting abstracts.
Perhaps I really should be considering creating an abstract to submit…. I rather spent too long trying to renew my subscription. I’d forgotten my password and rather annoyingly kept ending up at a screen telling me that a new password had been emailed to me when one had not…
Labels: BBTS Newsletter
Recently I signed up to get emails from UKAS. Today’s had all sorts of information:
IAF MD17 – Witnessing Activities for the Accreditation of Management Systems Certification Bodies-30/04/2016
That’s quite a lot of stuff to peruse….
Labels: UKAS Newsletter
The April communication from NHSBT came today by email. There were several points of note:
1.1 Introduction of three new FFP product bar codes
1.2 Questions about blood transfusion and blood donation? We want to hear from you
1.3 An affordable and comprehensive DNA test to diagnose rare inherited diseases
2.1 Blood Component Temperature Excursion
2.2 Customer Satisfaction
2.3 Blood Stocks Management Scheme Educational Roadshows
2.4 Extension of the post-thaw shelf life of FFP for Major Haemorrhage
2.5 HEV negative components- further information
3.1 Training & Education Events and Courses
Whilst the stuff about donations and DNA testing was interesting, the stuff about FFP was actually rather useful.
In the past I’ve been less than enthusiastic about this communication. This one was better than usual…
Labels: NHSBT Newsletter
There has been a national initiative to garner the opinions of allied health professionals. I signed up with high hopes.
I was rather disappointed. Rather than constructive comments and suggestions there was just what I can only describe as meaningless management catch-phrases.
Such a shame. This could have been so good…
Our department has recently acquired an Aquios flow cytometer. I had a morning’s training on the device, and on the new techniques used for HLA-B27 testing.
It has been some time since I last got to do any flow cytometry. I really need to re-familiarise myself. More time in the department would be advantageous.