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March 5, 2013News for the transfusion medicine and cellular therapy community

  Top Story 
  • High-speed cameras show blood plasma's elastic qualities
    Scientists at Saarland University in Germany used high-speed cameras to find that blood plasma can behave like a solid at small scales, according to a study in the journal Physical Review Letters. Thanks to long molecules contained in plasma, the solution has properties that are both viscous and elastic, allowing an elongated flow through tight capillaries or past clots. Researchers said their work could lead to improved models of blood flow and help advance the development of artificial blood. (3/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Science & Health 
  • 22 patient safety measures backed by AHRQ
    The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has issued 10 strategies for improving patient safety that should be adopted immediately and an additional 12 strategies that are encouraged. Among those strongly recommended for immediate use are preoperative and anesthesia checklists, hand hygiene and interventions for reducing urinary catheter use. The strategies were published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. News (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Emerging Trends 
  • Report IDs 6 primary areas of focus for ACO metrics
    A report by MedeAnalytics found that accountable care organization metrics fall into six major categories including pediatric, ambulatory and acute care. Researchers also report that commercial ACOs were more likely to focus on ambulatory processes and cost reduction, while Medicare ACOs were more focused on quality outcomes. (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Industry News & Practice 
  Government & Regulatory 
  • FDA accepts Biogen Idec's hemophilia B drug for review
    The FDA has set a timeline to review Biogen Idec's biologics license application for its recombinant factor IX Fc fusion protein as a therapy for patients with hemophilia B. The drug is among a new class of long-lasting clotting factor therapies in the pipeline for hemophilia B. Boston Herald (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  Association News 
  • ISQua grants AABB continued accreditation
    The AABB Accreditation Program has been granted continued accreditation by the International Society for Quality in Health Care, or ISQua. This second, four-year accreditation award is granted for January 2013 through December 2016. More information is available online. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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