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November 2, 2012News for the transfusion medicine and cellular therapy community

  Top Story 
Call for Tenders
The Australian Red Cross Blood Service wishes to advise providers of Data Loggers of a call for tender. To receive more details about the tender and how to participate, prospective suppliers should email by 2.00pm AEDT Friday 9 November 2012. All tenders must be received by 2.00pm AEDT Friday 14 December 2012.

  Science & Health 
  • Activated immune cells protect stem cells
    Israeli researchers have discovered that stem cells are preserved by a subgroup of activated immune cells that also can protect them from chemotherapy and infection. The team also found that prostaglandin treatment can boost the amount of stem cells and enhance cell quality, a development that may help improve treatments for leukemia. The Jewish Press (10/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Chronic conditions linked to increased odds of sepsis later in life
    Middle-aged adults diagnosed with chronic lung, kidney or heart diseases were more than twice as likely to have sepsis, a study in the journal PLOS ONE found. Sepsis risk rose among stroke and diabetes patients by 85% and 71%, respectively. Researchers noted greater likelihood of sepsis among men and whites compared with women and blacks. (11/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Emerging Trends 
  • Blood centers cooperate to meet needs after Sandy
    Lifeblood in Memphis, Tenn., said it is part of a network of blood centers that ensures communities always have the blood supply they need, particularly during disasters. The blood bank said so far it hasn't been asked to give blood to the New York area, which has been severely affected by Hurricane Sandy. "The blood centers that serve the New York area are working together to make sure that community has what it needs," said Jennifer Balink, Lifeblood's vice president of donor relations. WREG-TV (Memphis, Tenn.) (11/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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.

  Industry News & Practice 
  • Study: HIT use in medication adherence could cut care costs
    The adoption of health IT to boost medication adherence could help reduce global medical care spending by around $500 billion, according to a report from the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics. The rising use of health data sets the stage for recommendations that call for using IT to help educate patients at the point of prescription, reduce errors and prevent antibiotic resistance, said Murray Aitken, the IMS Institute's executive director. Healthcare IT News (11/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Government & Regulatory 
  • FDA issues guidance on 510(k) goals for FY 2013 to 2017
    The FDA has released guidance outlining its performance objectives and time frames for the 510(k) clearance process for medical devices in fiscal years 2013 to 2017. The goals, meant to address concerns that the 510(k) process has lagged or become too complex, include shrinking the average time for clearance decisions from 150 days in FY 2012 to 124 days in FY 2017. (Boston) (10/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Justice Department won't challenge revival of Liberty U.'s ACA suit
    The Obama administration indicated in a Supreme Court filing that it doesn't oppose the revival of a legal challenge against the Affordable Care Act by Liberty University. The lawsuit had been dismissed by the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on grounds later overturned in the Supreme Court's health care decision. The Supreme Court will consider whether to let the 4th Circuit consider the merits of Liberty's lawsuit. Reuters (10/31), The Washington Post/The Associated Press (10/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Association News 
  • Hospitals encouraged to join AABB's patient safety organization
    Hospitals are encouraged to join AABB's patient safety organization, the Patient and Donor Safety Center, to receive support in their hemovigilance efforts and to participate in targeted intervention analyses in the area of transfusion medicine. Participating facilities also can anonymously submit de-identified transfusion reaction cases for expert review. Join the Patient and Donor Safety Center. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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West Coast Account ManagerMacopharma USAUS - Nationwide
VP Patient ServicesBlood Centers of the PacificUS - CA - San Francisco
Quality Source ConsultantBlood Systems, Inc.US - Nationwide
Quality SpecialistBlood Systems, Inc.US - NM - Albuquerque
Immunohematology Reference TechnologistLifeStreamUS - CA - San Bernardino
Director, Patient Blood ManagementAABBUS - MD - Bethesda
Blood Bank Laboratory Supervisor (MT/ASCP)United Blood ServicesUS - MT - Billings
Quality SpecialistBlood Systems, Inc.US - TX - Lubbock
Director, Quality (Chicago area)Blood Systems, Inc.US - IL - Chicago
Director, Quality (Seattle area)Blood Systems, Inc.US - WA - Puget Sound
Consultant - Cellular TherapyAABBUS - MD - Bethesda
Help Desk SpecialistAABBUS - MD
Director, Operational Policies and Procedures (Corporate Donor Recruitment)Blood Systems, Inc.US - AZ - Scottsdale
Blood Bank Supervisors - Donor Collections Program & Transfusion ServiceUTMB HealthUS - TX - Galveston
Country Director - AngolaAABBAGO - Nationwide
Staff AccountantAABBUS - MD
Laboratory Manager-Serology LabBaxter Healthcare (BioLife Plasma Services)US - AL - Hoover
Marketing Manager, Cellular TherapiesAABBUS - MD
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