INR fails to predict bleeding in patients with cirrhosis
October 6, 2020
The investigators hope the study findings reinforce minimizing administration of fresh frozen plasma for inappropriate correction of international normalized ratio, which carries a multitude of adverse effects among cirrhotic patients.
Convalescent plasma: ‘Flavor of the month’ or valid COVID-19 treatment?
May 26, 2020
“The special attraction of this modality of treatment is that, unlike vaccines or newly developed drugs, it could, in principle, be made available very rapidly.”
Can convalescent plasma treat COVID-19 patients?
April 17, 2020
How COVID-19 patients can receive convalescent plasma, who is eligible to donate, and early results of treatment.
Transfusion-related lung injury is on the rise in elderly patients
November 14, 2019
SAN ANTONIO – Researchers at the Food and Drug Administration examined trends in potentially life-threatening or fatal transfusion-related adverse events in patients aged 65 years and older.
FDA aims to boost safety of platelets for transfusion
December 20, 2018
The agency is seeking input on ways to decrease the risk of bacterial contamination in platelets stored for 5 and 7 days after collection.
In-hospital blood saving strategy appears safe with anemia
December 18, 2018
Tolerating moderate in-hospital anemia did not negatively impact readmissions or mortality over 6 months.
Preop anemia management saves blood, costs
November 14, 2018
BOSTON – Managing anemia prior to cardiac surgery saved a hospital more than $100,000 in transfusion costs in a pilot program.
Portable hematology analyzer gets FDA nod
November 8, 2018
The HemoScreen hematology analyzer can perform a complete blood count at the point of care.
Rapid bacterial testing of platelets saves money, reduces waste
October 30, 2018
BOSTON – Annual costs savings approached $89,000 and fewer units of platelets were discarded because of expiration.
Protocol violations, missed transfusions among blood delivery errors
October 16, 2018
BOSTON – Nearly one-third of transfusion errors reported by pediatric units were linked to a “this kid is special” hubris among providers, investigators said.