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”

INFORM: No Difference in Mortality Seen with Exposure to “Oldest” Old Blood vs. Freshest

More evidence for the safety of older RBCs comes from a pre-specified exploratory analysis of data from the nearly 25,000-patient INFORM trial. The researchers found no significant difference in in-hospital mortality (hazard ratio, 0.92) between patients given blood with a median age of 36-42 days old versus those receiving median-aged blood of 7 days or … Continue reading “INFORM: No Difference in Mortality Seen with Exposure to “Oldest” Old Blood vs. Freshest”

Interactive Sessions: Audience Participation That’s Easier Than Ever

Remember those remote control-looking devices used at past annual meetings to answer speaker questions in “real-time”? Well, forget all about them. #AABB17 is debuting a much more robust, much more user-friendly smart-phone based audience response system.  All you need to do is download the app from iTunes or Google Play.  Once you’ve logged in with … Continue reading “Interactive Sessions: Audience Participation That’s Easier Than Ever”

RBC Outdating: The More Things Change, The More They Stay the Same

What AABB Annual Meeting would be complete without a session on outdating RBCs? We have more data available with the recently published TRANSFUSE trial and a host of studies to be presented at this meeting in an oral abstract session devoted fresher vs. older RBCs, including a secondary analysis of data from the INFORM study … Continue reading “RBC Outdating: The More Things Change, The More They Stay the Same”

You Know You Want It – Technical Manual, 19th Edition

You’ve waited more than a year for it, and yes, the 19th edition of the Technical Manual will be available onsite at the meeting in the AABB Bookstore starting on Saturday, Oct. 7 (Hall E).  BUT supplies will be limited. Get you copy without the hassle of lugging it home in your suitcase by preordering … Continue reading “You Know You Want It – Technical Manual, 19th Edition”

Happy Touring! Things to do in San Diego

Looking for something to do in between sessions? Need a getaway from meetings all day? Not only does San Diego have year-round sunshine and near-perfect weather; but this vibrant city offers an ideal balance of business and pleasure, with a state-of-the-art convention center, 70+ miles of sparkling coastline and unique neighborhoods soaked in culture. Get … Continue reading “Happy Touring! Things to do in San Diego”

Visit the Exhibit Hall and Step Into the Future

Come see innovation in action in Hall F-G at the San Diego Exhibit Hall during this year’s AABB Annual Meeting. There you’ll find nearly 160 exhibitors — both well-established companies and small startups — showing off their latest products and technologies. Stop by the Grand Opening at 5:45-8 pm on Saturday for some free food … Continue reading “Visit the Exhibit Hall and Step Into the Future”