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February 4, 2013News for the transfusion medicine and cellular therapy community

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Patient Blood Management Resources from AABB
AABB offers a host of tools for transfusion decision makers. Clinical guidelines, education sessions and more. AABB Members can download Getting Started in Patient Blood Management and Citations in Patient Blood Management for FREE. Visit for more information.

  Science & Health 
  • New stroke care guidelines emphasize speed
    Stroke patients should be given anticlotting drugs and other necessary treatments within one hour of arriving in the emergency department to reduce brain damage and hasten recovery, according to new guidelines developed by the American Stroke Association. To maximize its effectiveness, the clot-busting drug tissue plasminogen activator should be given within four and a half hours after the onset of symptoms, the group said. The guidelines appeared online in the journal Stroke. HealthDay News (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study touts benefits of using tourniquet in knee procedure
    A study published in The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery linked the use of a tourniquet during total knee arthroplasty to decreased blood loss as well as faster surgery times and less postoperative inflammation and muscle damage compared with not using a tourniquet. The use of a tourniquet also was linked with smaller declines in hemoglobin and hematocrit levels. Patients in the nontourniquet group reported less postoperative pain. News (2/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Flu particularly dangerous for seniors this year, CDC data show
    Although influenza is beginning to taper nationwide, the outbreak remains serious and seniors are at particular risk, CDC epidemiologist Michael Jhung reported Friday. Jhung said the rate of deaths associated with laboratory-confirmed influenza was 116 per 100,000 cases among patients older than 65. "We've still got several weeks of the season yet, so it's going to be much worse," Jhung said. USA Today (2/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Emerging Trends 
  • Lab isolates precursors to lens cells
    Researchers at Monash University in Australia derived and purified lens epithelium, the tissue that serves as the base for the growth of the lens of the eye. The researchers said they were able to coax the precursor cells to turn into lens cells. The findings could speed the development of treatments for eye conditions by allowing testing on tissues in the lab. Yahoo/Asian News International (2/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Industry News & Practice 
  • HIT committee seeks members for ACO unit
    The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT's HIT Policy Committee is looking for participants to join its new Accountable Care Workgroup. The team will be asked to come up with ideas for programs and policies to boost the use and effectiveness of health IT so it can help health care organizations meet the goals of accountable care. Those interested in applying can do so until Feb. 15. Government Health IT online (2/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Government & Regulatory 
  • House GOP sets deadline for FDA data on NECC-tied outbreak
    Republicans on the House Energy and Commerce Committee could issue a subpoena if the FDA fails to produce, by Feb. 25, key internal memos regarding the meningitis outbreak tied to the New England Compounding Center. "FDA has produced no communications from staff and officials at FDA headquarters, who were actually making the decisions about how to address the situation," committee Chairman Fred Upton, R-Mich., and four other Republicans wrote in a letter to the agency. FDA spokeswoman Erica Jefferson said the agency had provided more than 3,500 pages and is preparing a response to the panel. USA Today/The Associated Press (2/1), Reuters (2/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • CMS issues plans to expand Medicare competitive bidding
    CMS has issued plans for expanding competitive bidding for durable medical equipment, orthotics, prosthetics and supplies. The initiative's focus is "saving money for taxpayers and beneficiaries while preserving access to quality products from accredited suppliers," according to CMS, but suppliers feel the program, along with a 2.3% tax, is squeezing the industry. New prices are set to take effect July 1. Clinica (subscription required) (2/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Agency releases final Sunshine Act rule
    CMS has released the final rule for the Physician Payments Sunshine Act, requiring drug and device companies to gather information on gifts, payments and other value transfers provided to doctors and teaching hospitals starting Aug. 1. The rule also requires manufacturers and group purchasing organizations to report ownership and investment interests by physicians. Modern Healthcare (subscription required) (2/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Association News 
  • AABB to offer PBM resources at upcoming Mayo Clinic conference
    AABB will offer a variety of patient blood management resources at Mayo Clinic's upcoming meeting, "TransFuse 2013: Transformative-Fusion of Innovative Patient Blood Management," being held March 13-16 in Phoenix. PBM coordinators, transfusion safety and quality officers, IT staff, transfusion medicine physicians, anesthesiologists, surgeons, perfusionists and other transfusion professionals are encouraged to attend the conference, which will highlight techniques for implementing a patient blood management program. Learn more, register for the meeting, or contact AABB's Patient Blood Management department. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Director, Regional Technical Services at Community Blood BankUnited Blood ServicesUS - NV - Las Vegas
CLINICAL LABORATORY SCIENTISTBlood Centers of the PacificUS - CA - San Francisco
Director of Reference & TransfusionCarter BloodcareUS - TX - Bedford
BLOOD BANK PROFESSIONALSHealthCare Connections, Inc.US - Nationwide
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