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July's newsletter includes these highlights:

International news featuring:

  • General:
    • Big Pharma wants to 'friend' you
    • Proceedings of a consensus conference on 'Risk-based decision making for blood safety'
  • Canada:
    • 'Mother of all cells' identified by Toronto researchers
    • New Brunswick report on blood services & CBS statement on the report
    • BC woman calls for air ambulances to carry blood as Australian innovation saved daughter's life
    • CBS initiatives to obtain ethnic blood, cord blood, & organ donors
  • Australia:
    • Proposal for rural standby donors
    • Report by the Red Cross Blood Service that African immigrants fear donor discrimination
  • Ireland: Report that finds prion filtration to prevent vCJD is not cost effective
  • South Africa: SANBS reports on 5 yrs of NAT testing
  • UK: Jehovah's Witness dies after refusing blood following major physician error
  • USA:
    • HHS to review blood donation ban for gay and bisexual men
    • Man says he was rejected at commercial donor center because he appeared gay
    • Contaminated platelets implicated in Florida child's death

Diseases: CDC report finds 'explosion' of sexual transmission of HCV in HIV+ men

Industry news: Immucor to be bought by investment firm, TPG Capital

Literature: Many interesting additions inc. papers on risk-based decison making, applying the precautionary principle to TM, and how desensitization in HLA-incompatible kidney recipients can increase survival

Resource library: 'A compendium of transfusion practice guidelines' from the American Red Cross and several 'goodies' from the Australian Blood Matters program, including data collection forms for 'Audit of blood transfusion policy, procedures and administration practice, 2011'

New TM blog: "If you could read my mind" (Musings on 'acceptable risk' & who pays the price)

We mourn the passing of Canadian Dr. Noel Buskard, an outspoken patient advocate and a past president of the Canadian Society for Transfusion Medicine (1998-2000)

and much more...

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August 3, 2011
Pat Letendre, TraQ coordinator

TraQ Newsletter - July 2011

INDEX

TraQ & BC PBCO | Global News | Diseases | Industry News | Resource Library - Links | Journals

TraQ & PBCO Global News

For the latest news see What's new - chronological

General

Canadian

International

Australia

Ireland

South Africa

  • SANBS reports on 5 yrs of NAT testing (Press release, 25 July 2011)
    • Vermeulen, M., Reddy, R. Sensitivity of NAT Options: The SANBS Experience, South African National Blood Service (SANBS). ISBT Congress, Lisbon, Portugal, June 18-22, 2011.

UK

USA

*Also see TraQ's Canadian Regional News and International News

Diseases in the News

* Also see TraQ's Disease clearinghouses

Industry News

* Also see TraQ's Industry News

Resource Library / Links

"If you could read my mind" (Musings on 'acceptable risk' & who pays the price)

American Red Cross: A compendium of transfusion practice guidelines, ed. 1, 2010

Australia:

Online Graduate Certificate in Transfusion Medicine (School of Nursing, University of Melbourne, Australia)

Report on 2010 blood storage & handling survey (Blood Matters, 13 July 2011)

Audit of blood transfusion policy, procedures and administration practice, 2011 (Blood Matters - useful data collection forms)

*Also see TraQ's Resource Library | Nursing resources | Literature clearinghouses | Links | Continuing education | Jobs | Video library | Calendar of events

Journals, Newsletters, etc.

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