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Interesting Quote by George Garratty on Patrick Mollison in March 2012 Transfusion:

  • "He was not only a great scientist, but also a true gentleman, whose lack of pomposity benefited me considerably. His kindness and his seminal work on immune RBC survival/destruction and the clinical significance/insignificance of blood group antibodies laid a foundation for my own career. In my opinion, Pat Mollison was the one person who had the most impact on blood transfusion medicine in the past 100 years and that includes Karl Landsteiner."

March's TraQ newsletter includes these highlights:

International news

  • General
    • XIVth International Haemovigilance Seminar (April 25-27, 2012, Montreal, Canada) First time outside Europe
    • AABB releases Clinical Practice Guideline on Red Cell Transfusion
    • Current State of Knowledge for IVIG Use and Mechanism (CBS-sponsored symposium, 8 Sept. 2012)
    • Africa's road to blood ruin (CMAJ)
  • Canada
    • BC PBCO: "Transfusion Reaction Education" (Begins April 2012)
    • Health Canada Notice to Stakeholders: Publication of Proposed Blood Regulations and amendments to the Food and Drugs Act and Regulations in Canada Gazette, Part I (Comments accepted to 17 May 2012)
    • CBS to close Thunder Bay Plasma Centre (& backlash against it)
    • CSTM's redesigned website
    • Bloodtechnet learning competition (See 2012 proposals)
  • Australia (National Blood Authority):
    • Module 4: Critical Care (Available for comment 26 March - 18 May 2012)
    • Patient Blood Management Guidelines: Module 2 Perioperative & its Quick Reference Guide now available in hard copy
  • Ireland
    • Controversy hits HCV support groups
  • Tanzania
    • Donor blood sold corruptly
  • UK
    • New WNV test for blood donors after international travel
    • Laboratories play crucial role in getting life-saving blood to patients
  • USA
    • HHS: Request for Information on Design of a Pilot Operational Study To Assess Alternative Blood Donor Deferral Criteria for Men Who Have Had Sex With Other Men
    • Blood business gets more cutthroat: HCA & its 5 local hospitals drop Virginia Blood Services for ARC

Industry news

  • Bio-Rad co-founder David Schwartz dead at 88
  • Pharma's influence over published clinical evidence
  • Big Pharma spends over €40 million/yr lobbying in EU

Diseases in the news

  • HCV: See Ireland news
  • WNV: See UK news

Resource library

  • Transfusion Ontario: Heading home after a transfusion (new patient resource)
  • AABB releases Clinical Practice Guideline on Red Cell Transfusion
  • UK Blood Transfusion & Tissue Transplantation Services: Transfusion Evidence Library Survey 2012
  • New TM blog:

Journals

  • Eclectic selection of papers including 
    • Several that focus on serologic investigations of interest to laboratorians
    • Management of blood donors with a positive direct antiglobulin test
    • Building better hospital transfusion committees
    • Blood component support in acquired coagulopathy

and much more...

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April 8, 2012
Pat Letendre, TraQ coordinator

TraQ Newsletter - March 2012

INDEX

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

TraQ & PBCO

For the latest news see What's new - chronological

Global News

General

Canada

Australia

  • National Blood Authority:
    • Module 4 – Critical Care (Available for comment 26 March – 18 May 2012)
    • Patient Blood Management Guidelines: Module 2 Perioperative & its Quick Reference Guide now available in hard copy (23 Mar. 2012)
    • Module 2 Perioperative (9 Mar. 2012)
      • 2nd of 6 modules focusing on evidence-based patient blood management
      • Includes Quick Reference Guide & Preoperative Haemoglobin Assessment and Optimisation template

Ireland

Tanzania

UK

USA

Industry News

* Also see TraQ's Industry News

Diseases in the news

  • HCV: See Ireland above
  • WNV: See UK above

* Also see TraQ's 'Disease clearinghouses' in top menu

Resource Library / Links

Transfusion Ontario: Heading home after a transfusion (new patient resource)

UK Blood Transfusion & Tissue Transplantation Services: Transfusion Evidence Library Survey 2012

New TM blog:

While my guitar gently weeps (Musings on CBS's ongoing behavior)

*See TraQ's Resource Library | Nursing resources | Literature clearinghouses | Links | Continuing education | Jobs | Video library

Journals, etc.

Free full text | (* 1 or more Canadian authors)

January 2012 issue of Transfusion: All papers are free full text.