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November 6, 2012News for the transfusion medicine and cellular therapy community

  Top Story 
  • Emergency system activated for health infrastructure recovery
    An emergency response system called the National Healthcare and Public Health Cyber Response System has been activated by the National Health Information Sharing and Analysis Center in the wake of superstorm Sandy. The system was established to promote health care-critical infrastructure recovery and protection. According to officials, it will facilitate interactions with federal, state and private-sector organizations with regard to situational awareness, the sharing of information and incident response. Modern Healthcare (subscription required) (11/5), Healthcare IT News (11/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this 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 
  • Intensive glucose control offers no benefit after kidney transplant
    Researchers found statistically similar rates of delayed graft function following kidney transplant in diabetes patients receiving intensive glucose control and a control group. The study in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism also found a blood glucose target of less than 180 mg/dL was associated with a lower risk of organ rejection than targets of 70-110 mg/dL, suggesting tight glycemic control may offer no help immediately after the procedure. Modern Medicine/Reuters (11/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Quotient is on a roll with new FDA approvals & GPO contracts
More good news from Quotient! Not only do we have FDA-approved Reagent Red Blood Cells products, but also just approved Rare Antisera, including Anti-s and Anti-Wra. We also have new 3-yr agreements with Premier Inc. and the General Services Administration. Great products and value from the one manufacturer focused on manual testing. Contact us today.

  Emerging Trends 
  • Canada to roll out national public cord blood bank
    The Ottawa Hospital in Ontario is preparing to be the first of four participating hospitals to collect umbilical cord blood for Canada's national public cord blood bank. The hospital's collections will begin in spring, while hospitals in Vancouver, British Columbia; Edmonton, Alberta; and Toronto will begin collecting in 2014. (Canada) (11/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Guidelines for Patient Blood Management and Blood Utilization
In the name of patient safety and optimal outcomes, blood management and utilization concepts reach across diverse areas of transfusion medicine, from physician education and auditing to surgical techniques and topical hemostatics, to include all aspects of the transfusion decision-making process. Order Today!

  Industry News & Practice 
  • U.K. allots $16M for creation of synthetic biology center
    The U.K. plans to allocate $16 million over five years to establish an Innovation and Knowledge Centre in Synthetic Biology to aid the development and market launch of synthetic biology technologies. The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, which will support the funding program along with the Technology Strategy Board and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, is inviting institutions to submit their proposals. GenomeWeb Daily News (free registration) (11/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Nursing group offers draft on improving patient, worker safety
    The American Nurses Association's proposed Safe Patient Handling and Mobility National Standards seek to create a nationwide foundation for improving patient and health care worker safety. The ANA said the draft guidelines, which cover eight broad categories essential to an effective safety culture, could be used as the basis for certifications and resource toolkits. (11/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  Association News 
  • AABB posts final update to XMRV table
    The AABB Emerging Infectious Diseases, or EID, subcommittee of the Transfusion Transmitted Diseases, or TTD, committee has updated the table "Published Studies on XMRV and pMLV Findings in Human Diseases and the General Population." The table now includes two recent publications: "A Multicenter Blinded Analysis Indicates No Association Between Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis and Either [XMRV] or Polytropic Murine Leukemia Virus" published in "mBio" by Harvey J. Alter, W. Ian Lipkin and colleagues; and "In-Depth Investigation of Archival and Prospectively Collected Samples Reveals No Evidence for XMRV Infection in Prostate Cancer" published in "PLOS One" by Deanna Lee, Anatoly Urisman, Robert H. Silverman and colleagues. These studies -- published by the same authors who previously found potential disease associations -- conclusively demonstrate that there is no link between XMRV, and related viruses, and human disease. Because it has been proven that XMRV is not a human pathogen, and therefore is not a threat to blood safety, this will be the last update to the table. Input may be provided to the committee writing group via e-mail. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Director, LaboratorySan Diego Blood BankUS - CA - San Diego
West Coast Account ManagerMacopharma USAUS - Nationwide
VP Patient ServicesBlood Centers of the PacificUS - CA - San Francisco
Director, Patient Blood ManagementAABBUS - MD - Bethesda
Quality Source ConsultantBlood Systems, Inc.US - Nationwide
Quality SpecialistBlood Systems, Inc.US - NM - Albuquerque
Immunohematology Reference TechnologistLifeStreamUS - CA - San Bernardino
Help Desk SpecialistAABBUS - MD
Director, Operational Policies and Procedures (Corporate Donor Recruitment)Blood Systems, Inc.US - AZ - Scottsdale
Staff AccountantAABBUS - MD
Marketing Manager, Cellular TherapiesAABBUS - MD
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