Laboratory Testing is Suggested Before Intravenous Immunoglobulin is Given to Neonates
November 9, 2016
Although intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) use is documented to treat a wide range of severe disorders in adults, IVIG use in neonates is not well-characterized. A retrospective study recently published in TRANSFUSION describe IVIG use in neonates in the NICU at one Canadian hospital. Only 37 neonates received IVIG over 11 years. [Read More]
Blood Donation Intervals Should Be Extended to 180 Days to Avoid Iron Deficiency
November 2, 2016
Most blood collection agencies require a 56-day minimum interval between donations of whole blood to allow hemoglobin levels to return to normal. However, new insight from recent studies, including research published in Blood, suggest that the deferral should be lengthened to prevent iron deficiency. [Read More]
Standard Issue RBCs are Equivalent to Fresh RBCs for Transfusion
October 27, 2016
Results of the Informing Fresh versus Old Red Cell Management (INFORM) trial have recently been presented at the AABB annual meeting and published in The New England Journal of Medicine. The INFORM trial is the largest randomized, controlled trial examining whether fresh red blood cells (RBCs) are superior to older RBCs. [Read More]
15 November 2016 (Tuesday) - Transfusion News
The Transfusion News e-newsletter arrived in my inbox this morning. Food for thought there. ..
The article about reducing donation intervals will have an impact on blood stocks. Miond you only the other day I read something about how blood might well have a longer shelf life than currently advocated….
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