23 February 2022 (Wednesday) - Transfusion News Update

The nice people at “Transfusion News” sent their update today, and in a novel break with tradition there was only really one part of it that was relevant to me. The physical make-up of the bag containing donor blood isn’t something over which I have any input, and the management of a network of laboratories is very interesting… *if* you manage such a network.

Blood Centers Not Ready to Remove the Phthalate DEHP from Blood Bags

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February 23, 2022
Phthalates are plasticizers added to many everyday plastic products to increase its flexibility, transparency, and longevity. However, phthalates are also endocrine disrupters that have been linked to increased risk of cancer and reproductive toxicity. Accordingly, the European Union has banned the use of di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) in blood storage bags beginning in May 2025. [Read More]
Join us to learn the experience of a laboratory network from five hospital sites
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In this new Transfusion Science Webinar, Benjamin Holmes, Blood Transfusion Laboratory Manager for Pilgrim Hospital, Boston, UK, will explain to us how a networked solution and the associated Bio-Rad software has afforded further benefits to their organization. [Register Now]

Updated Transfusion Guidelines for High-Risk Surgery Patients
February 16, 2022
Patient blood management programs use a multimodal approach to conserve blood and simultaneously improve patient outcomes. Transfusion guidelines are central to blood management, and such guidelines for high-risk surgery patients, particularly cardiothoracic patients, have recently been updated for the first time since 2011. [Read More]
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