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August's TraQ newsletter includes these highlights:

International news

General

  • Call to participate in Transfusion Safety and Patient Blood Management Survey (Preliminary results to be presented at 2012 AABB)
  • Olympic drug samples stored with sandwiches & soda pop
  • Novel blood plasma treatment lures athletes to Germany
  • Richard Smith, ex- BMJ editor, on receiving end of his own medicine
  • ISBT goes high tech

Canada

  • Errors, mislabelled samples pose 'staggering' cost to Canada's blood banks
  • New company plans to open a plasma centre that pays donors
  • CADTH - 3 reports on therapeutic reviews of new oral anticoagulants to prevent thrombosis in patients with atrial fibrillation
  • Current State of Knowledge for IVIG Use and Mechanism (CBS-sponsored symposium, 8 Sept. 2012)

Down Under (Australia & New Zealand)

  • Australian NBA: Patient Blood Management Guidelines (August 2012 update)
  • Australian Red Cross Blood Service relocates blood testing & processing from Adelaide to Melbourne
  • Blood plasma giant CSL faces labour unrest | NZBS activates contingency plan
  • Australia paid $31 million to import IVIg in 2010-11

India

  • Monkeys freely wander inside some hospitals

Ireland

  • Court dismisses donor law suit vs govt/IBTS over alleged failure to inform him of HCV+ test

UK

  • UK unveils patient-centred electronic health strategy
  • Wales: Nurses, pharmacists trained to take docs' place & order blood transfusion
  • NHSBT Customer Service Annual Report

USA

  • Cutting risk of contaminated platelets: 150 hospitals adopt test to be used within 24 hrs of transfusion

Industry news

  • Pfizer settles bribery charges
  • Germany's Fresenius Kabi buys Fenwal for a rumoured $1.1 billion
  • FDA puts hold on phase III clinical trials of hemophilia B drug
  • Terumo BCT awarded $3.5M by U.S. DOD for clinical trials on pathogen reduction

Diseases in the news

  • Canada: CBS BC & Yukon: WNV Update #2012-3 (27 July 2012)

Resource library

  • Canada: BC PBCO & BC Transfusion Medicine Advisory Group: re-run of the free, online education series, Transfusion Reaction Education for BC Pathologists (July 16 to September 28, 2012)
  • Ontario, Canada: ORBCon Report (Aug. 2012) (Focus on IVIG)

Journals

  • Free access to selected articles in Blood and an interesting paper on knowledge of blood transfusion among nurses in UAE

New TM blog: When sweet dreams become nightmares (Musings on health officials & Big Pharma)

 

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August 12, 2012
Pat Letendre, TraQ coordinator

TraQ Newsletter - August 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

Down Under (Australia & New Zealand)

Germany

  • See General (above) and Industry News (below)

India

Ireland

UK

USA

Industry News

* Also see TraQ's Industry News

Diseases in the news

* See TraQ's 'Disease clearinghouses' in top menu

Resource Library / Links

Canada: BC PBCO & BC Transfusion Medicine Advisory Group: re-run of the free, online education series, Transfusion Reaction Education for BC Pathologists (July 16 to September 28, 2012) Open to all clinical, technical, & medical personnel in Canada | Discussion Board for 2011 course

Ontario, Canada: ORBCon Report (Aug. 2012) Issue focuses on IVIG | ORBCon

New TM blog: When sweet dreams become nightmares (Musings on health officials & Big Pharma)

*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)

Free access to selected articles in ASH's journal, Blood (2 Aug. 2012)