2 October 2018 (Tuesday) - Transfusion News email

The nice people at “Transfusion News” sent their update today:

Cryopreserved Platelets Are Safe and Prevent Bleeding
September 26, 2018
Cryopreservation of platelets could drastically simplify storage of platelets, especially for difficult locations such as combat zones, trauma centers, and medical facilities in rural and remote localities. Notably, cryopreserved platelets (CPPs) would also allow facilities to store rare platelet genotypes for at least two years instead of the standard of 5 to 7 days. Despite storage in 6% DMSO, freezing [Read More]
Nonspecific Antibodies with Brenda Grossman
September 26, 2018 | BBGuy Podcast
The Laboratory Scientist’s lament: “Oh, no! There’s an isolated reaction that we can’t explain on this guy’s antibody detection tests, and they need blood right away!” This episode will help blood bankers and clinicians understand what these reactions represent, and what they might or might not become. [Listen Now]
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Matching RH Genotypes for Patients with Sickle Cell Disease
September 19, 2018
RH antigens are encoded by two highly polymorphic genes, RHD and RHCE. Homologous recombination and novel polymorphism have resulted in over 50 RH antigens at the serologic level, and genetic diversity differs by ethnic groups. Approximately 85% of African-American patients with sickle cell disease (SCD) carry at least one RH allele, which is uncommon in the blood donor pool [Read More]

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