13 December 2016 (Tuesday) - Transfusion News email

The Transfusion News email came in today.... here's some highlights:

Crizanlizumab May Help Sickle Cell Patients Prevent Pain Crises

December 7, 2016
Vaso-occlusive crisis—sickle cell pain related crisis—is the primary cause for hospital visits for sickle cell patients. Although the etiology of vaso-occlusion is not well understood, increased expression of P-selectin in endothelial cells and platelets contributes to the pathogenesis. Crizanlizumab, a monoclonal antibody directed toward P-selection, blocks it’s interaction with other cells and may reduce the [Read More]

RAND Study Highlights Challenges Facing the US Blood Supply

November 30, 2016
The RAND Corporation conducted a study examining the United States’ blood supply system. Data was collected from interviews with 9 blood centers, 8 hospitals, and 11 corporations that supply equipment for blood collection centers. Interviews were also conducted with 6 governmental agencies including the Department of Health and Human Services. The RAND report noted a [Read More]

Drones Capable of Delivering Blood Products

November 22, 2016
Drones—small pilotless aircrafts—are capable of delivering packages cheaply and are not limited to passable roads or constrained by traffic. Rwanda started using drones to deliver blood products this year. Researchers in the United States recently investigated the use of drones to deliver blood products that need to be maintained at a constant temperature during transport. [Read More]

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