12 August 2021 (Thursday) - Transfusion News Update

The Transfusion News email came today. I like this one. It doesn’t overload me with information, so I can take in what it has to say…

U.S. National Platelet Inventory and Transfusion Practice Survey
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August 3, 2021
Nearly 7,000 units of platelets are needed daily in the U.S., and platelet transfusions increased by 15.8% from 2017 to 2019. This increase in platelet transfusions along with the implementation of the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) guidance on platelet bacterial risk control strategies in October 2021 may impact platelet inventory and availability. A taskforce of transfusion medicine physicians worked ... [Read More]
Join us to learn about the blood groups and antigens recently recognized by the ISBT
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In this new Transfusion Science Webinar, Dr. Christoph Gassner, professor of Medical Biology at the Institute for Translational Medicine of the Private University in the Principality of Liechtenstein, will walk us through the process of recognizing new blood group systems and antigens. Using the most recent blood group systems identified by the ISBT from 2019 to 2021, he will show how complex it is for a blood group to be fully recognized. [Register Now]

Pilot Randomized Clinical Trial Finds No Benefit for Prophylactic Plasma Transfusions
July 27, 2021
Annually, 2.4 million units of plasma are transfused in the U.S. Approximately a quarter to half of plasma transfusions are given prophylactically to prevent perceived risk of bleeding in patients undergoing invasive procedures with increased international normalized ratios (INR). In order to assess the efficacy of this practice, a pilot randomized clinical trial ...[Read More]
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