24 March 2022 (Thursday) - Transfusion News Update

The nice people at “Transfusion News” sent their update today. The last article caught my attention. I can remember a few years ago when great show was made of a nearby blood bank supplying blood to the local air ambulance…

Now it seems that this isn’t such a good idea…

Monitoring Iron Levels in Icelandic Blood Donors Improves Management

March 23, 2022Repeat blood donors may deplete their iron stores. The risk of iron-deficiency anemia in blood donors depends on gender, age, and the frequency of blood donations. In order to improve the iron levels in new and repeat donors in Iceland, serum ferritin (SF) testing protocols were modified in October 2017 to include all donations. In addition, the minimum SF donation level was increased from 14 to 16 µg/L for new donors and from 8 to 10 µg/L for repeat donors. [Read More]


Paid Platelet Donors

Join Transfusion News Associate Editors Daniela Hermelin MD and Monica Pagano MD on Twitter Space this Friday, March 25 from 11:00-11:30 AM EST for the next #Blooducation Baristas live event. Dr. Hermelin and Dr. Pagano will be discussing the topic of Pain Platelet Donors with Dr. Roger Dodd, Dr. Baia Lasky and Dr. Jefferey Winters. [Set a reminder to join us]


Randomized Trial Show No Benefit for Pre-hospital Blood Transfusions in Patients with Severe Trauma

March 15, 2022 Severe hemorrhage is the leading cause of death in trauma patients. In 2018, two randomized clinical trials showed contradictory results on the benefits of pre-hospital blood transfusions in trauma patients. A new randomized clinical trial, the resuscitation with pre-hospital blood products (RePHILL), was published in The Lancet Haemotology and showed that pre-hospital blood transfusions did not reduce mortality. [Read More]


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