11 July 2018 (Wednesday) - Transfusion News email

The nice people at Transfusion News sent their update today. I must admit to a wry smile at the line “Adapting new clinical practices, however, is influenced by many factors, and numerous studies have examined the impact of behavior modifications, such as education, clinical protocols, institutional guidelines and policies, and other techniques” – perhaps I’m too old for this, but it seems to me that the guidelines are always changing…


Platelet Counts Decrease during Pregnancy but Severe Thrombocytopenia is Rare
July 12, 2018
Gestational thrombocytopenia affects 5-10% of women with uncomplicated pregnancies. In order to gain a better understanding of the normal course of platelet counts and the potential severity of gestational thrombocytopenia, researchers evaluated platelet counts of 7351 pregnant women who delivered at Oklahoma University Medical Center from 2011 to 2014[Read More]
Behavior Modifications Support Changes to Restrictive RBC Transfusion Practices
June 27, 2018
Accumulating evidence supports restrictive RBC transfusion practices, and guidelines such as those recently released by the AABB recommend transfusing when hemoglobin levels fall below 7-8 g/dL for most patients. Adapting new clinical practices, however, is influenced by many factors, and numerous studies have examined the impact of behavior modifications, such [Read More]
Perioperative RBC Transfusions Linked to Increased Risk of Blood Clots
June 20, 2018
Venous thromboembolism (VTE) is associated with 5-10% of all hospital deaths, or about 100,000 to 200,000 deaths each year in the United States. However, many of these deaths may be preventable. In order to gain a better understanding of the association between VTE and RBC transfusions, researchers used data gathered [Read More]

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