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January 31, 2013News for the transfusion medicine and cellular therapy community

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  • Rebleeding risk rises with transfusions for patients with NVUGIB
    A study published in Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics linked red blood cell transfusions with increased rebleeding risk in patients with nonvariceal upper gastrointestinal bleeding. Transfusions also were associated with greater all-cause mortality. The study of 1,677 patients was limited, according to researchers, but the findings "support the need for a prospective randomized trial." Healio (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
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  • Postpartum hemorrhage doesn't increase future pregnancy risks
    Women who experienced heavy bleeding during their first childbirth were no more likely to suffer from a miscarriage and other pregnancy complications in the future, a study in the journal BJOG found. About 18% of those who had a history of postpartum hemorrhage bled heavily during their second childbirth, compared with 7% of women who didn't have heavy bleeding during their first childbirth. Reuters (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Gene may be clue to H1N1 susceptibility
    The genetic variation called rs12252-C, which is relatively common among the Han ethnic group in China, may make people susceptible to serious infection with H1N1 influenza, according to new research. In the 2009 H1N1 pandemic, 69% of Chinese people with serious infection had the genetic variation, while it was present in 25% of those with mild infections. Yahoo/Reuters (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • 6 key factors that determine ACO readiness
    An accountable care organization's readiness is determined by six primary factors, according to an in-depth review of 59 groups operating 88 different hospitals. These include existing relationships with other providers, an advanced EHR system coupled with a health information exchange adoption strategy and clinical integration across the entire spectrum of care. BeckersHospitalReview.com (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • CMS aims to make integrated care easier with new codes
    CMS approved codes 99495 and 99496 for reporting the management of patients recently discharged from a skilled nursing facility or hospital. The codes will help health care professionals working in accountable care organizations and other integrated models to provide transitional care, the American Medical Association said. McKnight's Long-Term Care News (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • AABB posts "Ask the FDA and CMS/CLIA" Annual Meeting session transcript
    The transcript from the "Ask the FDA and CMS/CLIA" session of the association's 2012 Annual Meeting and CTTXPO now is available. The session featured discussions of the policies, regulations, guidance documents and inspection programs relating to the oversight of blood and cellular therapies activities by the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments program. Individuals with questions may contact AABB's Regulatory Affairs department. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Director, Regional Technical Services at Community Blood BankUnited Blood ServicesUS - NV - Las Vegas
BLOOD BANK PROFESSIONALSHealthCare Connections, Inc.US - Nationwide
Director of Reference & TransfusionCarter BloodcareUS - TX - Bedford
CLINICAL LABORATORY SCIENTISTBlood Centers of the PacificUS - CA - San Francisco
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