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On behalf of everyone at TraQ, Happy 2012!
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December's newsletter includes these highlights:
International news featuring:
- Patrick Mollison, a giant of transfusion medicine, dead at 97
- AABB Standards, proposed ed. 28 (Open for comment until 5 Mar. 2012)
- Future of stem cell therapy (neat overview from UK physician)
- Study finds need for blood is less post-surgery
- Herbert Polesky, medical director of Memorial Blood Centers in Minnesota for 35 years, dead at 78
- Breakthrough with gene therapy for hemophilia B
- Newborn deaths from necrotising enterocolitis linked to AB blood type
- Bloodtechnet learning competition returns Feb. 3rd, 2012
- Review of blood system concludes reforms are needed / Reports include
- 'Analysis of cost drivers and trends in the blood sector' & 'Options to manage appropriate use of blood & blood products'
- Wrong blood transfusion could not have caused patient's death
- 79 yr-old patient sent home with blood transfusion cannula still in arm
- 2012 special events may hit blood stocks
- Govt. plans to share confidential patient records with researchers unless patients opt out
- Small Florida blood bank urges state to halt planned merger of 3 largest blood centers
- Entire human genome available for $1000 US
Diseases in the news:
- Hepatitis C
- USA: CDC reports HCV transmission via transplants
- Presentations from UK's National External Quality Assessment Service (NEQAS)
- New TM blog: Stand by me (Musings on bullying by health professionals)
and much more...
- Papers that stimulated news, as well as an interesting study by Canadian researchers that reveals how stakeholders in the blood system think differently about risk.
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UK: Presentations from NEQAS, 17 Nov. 2011
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- Carson JL, et al. and the FOCUS Investigators. Liberal or restrictive transfusion in high-risk patients after hip surgery. N Engl J Med. 2011 Dec 29;365(26):2453-62. Epub 2011 Dec 14.
- * Eyles J, Heddle N, Webert K, Arnold E, McCurdy B. Do expert assessments converge? An exploratory case study of evaluating and managing a blood supply risk. BMC Public Health. 2011 Aug 24;11:666.
- A case study of a major blood withdrawal in Ontario, Canada involving 1000s of blood components caused by a clerical issue with records of donation, with likely a minimal or no risk to the blood supply.
- Quotations from study participants reveal a spectrum of opinions by the different players on risk as hazard, liability, and precaution.
- Milligan C, Higginson I, Smith JE. Emergency department staff knowledge of massive transfusion for trauma: the need for an evidence based protocol. Emerg Med J 2011 Oct;28(10):870-2.
- Nathwani AC, et al. Adenovirus-associated virus vector-mediated gene transfer in hemophilia B. N Engl J Med 2011 Dec. 10
- Pillonel J, Heraud-Bousquet V, Pelletier B, Semaille C, Velter A, Saura C, Desenclos JC, Danic B; the blood donor epidemiological surveillance study group. Deferral from donating blood of men who have sex with men: impact on the risk of HIV transmission by transfusion in France. Vox Sang 2012 Jan;102(1): 13–21. [Pub. online Jun 21]