The Blog Lives On!

Learning doesn’t have to end just because the 2017 AABB Annual Meeting is over. We will continue to add blog posts about sessions for the next week or two. Bookmark this page and you can check back easily and often to see what’s new on the blog. Upcoming posts will discuss sessions on starting a … Continue reading “The Blog Lives On!”

Iron Supplementation for Blood Donors a Key Topic at AABB 2017

  Iron supplementation is one of the most talked-about topics in the field of transfusion medicine these days. So it’s no surprise that the Tuesday morning session on this issue included a variety of strong opinions and thought-provoking data. The session, “Iron Supplementation in Blood Donors: Who, What Why and How?,” featured four experts – … Continue reading “Iron Supplementation for Blood Donors a Key Topic at AABB 2017”

Old Blood? New Blood? Is it the End of the Beginning of the Storage Lesion?

The debate over old versus new blood is older than, well, the longest stored blood.

The debate over old versus new blood is older than, well, the longest stored blood.

Tracking TRALI Risk in Transgender Donors; Assessing 1-Year Deferral Change for MSM Donors

One of the more vexing questions facing blood collection facilities is how to assess anti-HLA antibodies in transgender donors to minimize TRALI risk. Researchers at the American Red Cross (ARC) presented data on the risk of failing to ask transgender (TG) males (birth gender female) about pregnancy. TG males may have had prior pregnancies or … Continue reading “Tracking TRALI Risk in Transgender Donors; Assessing 1-Year Deferral Change for MSM Donors”

Insights from Ortho Clinical Diagnostics Event, “Emergency Preparedness and Military Readiness − Are They The Same?”

Whether U.S. armed forces are on the frontlines of war or responding to a domestic disaster, it is critical to ensure the right blood is available at the right time. At an event hosted by Ortho Clinical Diagnostics in the hangar bay of the USS Midway aircraft carrier in San Diego, Col. Audra L. Taylor, … Continue reading “Insights from Ortho Clinical Diagnostics Event, “Emergency Preparedness and Military Readiness − Are They The Same?””

Data Highlight Benefits of Patient Blood Management

The blood community has been focusing more efforts on patient blood management in recent years. But some professionals may remain somewhat hesitant to embrace the tenants of patient blood management, questioning if their facility would be able to implement such a program without compromising patient safety. Others may be looking for additional data about the … Continue reading “Data Highlight Benefits of Patient Blood Management”

Pathogen Reduction Technology Goes Under the Microscope

Pathogen inactivation of platelet concentrate plays an important role in executing safer transfusions, but many complications can arise from this course of treatment, including lower increments after transfusion and the development of human leukocyte antigen (HLA) antibodies that put patients at increased risk for bleeding.   In Monday’s session, “How Pathogen Inactivation of Platelet Concentrates … Continue reading “Pathogen Reduction Technology Goes Under the Microscope”

Humanitarian Emergencies Represent Extraordinary Challenges for Blood Delivery

The availability of blood products, as well as ensuring the safety of blood transfusion, is often a significant concern in times of humanitarian emergencies. During the Monday morning session, “Availability and Safety of Blood Transfusion in Humanitarian Emergencies,” three speakers – Christopher Gresens, MD; Yetmgeta E. Abdella, MD, MPH; and Cees Smit Siblinga, MD, PhD, … Continue reading “Humanitarian Emergencies Represent Extraordinary Challenges for Blood Delivery”

Missed the Plenary Scientific Oral Abstracts? Here’s a Quick Rundown

Iron status in diverse donor population Data from the Red Blood Cell-Omics (RBC-Omics) study suggest that African American and Asian blood donors may be less likely to have lower levels of iron stores compared with non-Hispanic white donors, while Hispanic donors appear to have a greater risk for low iron, lead author lead author Bryan … Continue reading “Missed the Plenary Scientific Oral Abstracts? Here’s a Quick Rundown”