Abstract Session Points to Risk of Low Iron in Teen Donors

Yes, the last sessions are worth staying for. But if you didn’t, here’s what you missed at one of the last oral abstract sessions at the annual meeting.   CHILL High school donors are at greater risk for iron depletion even before starting to donate blood, according to updated results of the Comparison of the … Continue reading “Abstract Session Points to Risk of Low Iron in Teen Donors”

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”

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”

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”

AABB’s 2017 Annual Meeting to Highlight Hot Topics in the Field

Certain topics seem to keep cropping up in transfusion medicine, cellular therapies and patient blood management. At the 2017 AABB Annual Meeting, some of the most critical issues facing these fields will be addressed in thought-provoking sessions. These two sessions are already piquing member interest. Don’t miss them! Is It Time to Change the Outdate … Continue reading “AABB’s 2017 Annual Meeting to Highlight Hot Topics in the Field”