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May 17, 2012News for the transfusion medicine and cellular therapy community

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  • Studies will help evaluate MSM donor deferral, HHS official says
    The U.S. government has undertaken three studies and is planning a fourth as it considers whether to change its blood-donor deferral policy for men who have sex with men, said James Berger, HHS senior adviser for blood policy. "There will be a transparent and evidence-based evaluation of MSM donation policies," Berger said. The Washington Times (5/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • U.S. HIV/AIDS prevention efforts abroad have ripple effect
    Money the U.S. government spends in other countries to fight HIV/AIDS improves the general quality of health care and prevents deaths from other causes, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. All-cause mortality dropped by nearly 20% over five years in nine African countries with President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief programs. National Public Radio/Shots blog (5/15), Reuters (5/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Report: Only 10% of hospitals intend to participate in ACOs
    The Hospitals in Pursuit of Excellence initiative of the American Hospital Association has issued a report regarding the preparedness of hospitals for population-based accountable care. The report, based on the findings of a national survey of hospitals in 2011, indicated that 1 in 10 hospitals have immediate plans to join an accountable care organization. BeckersHospitalReview.com (5/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Donor Recruiting & Retention Got Easier TODAY
Mobile apps are changing the way we work, play, socialize, learn — and live. Now, they're changing the way we recruit and retain blood donors too. Welcome to the mobile app revolution. The future of donor recruiting and retention is here NOW. Learn more.

  Industry News & Practice 
  • Calif. blood banks partner to create Desert Blood Services
    LifeStream and United Blood Services' Community Blood Bank of Rancho Mirage, Calif., are coming together to launch Desert Blood Services on June 4. "Together, we'll be able to collect more blood. We're going to be more efficient from the standpoint of the cost of collecting a unit of blood," said Dr. Rick Axelrod, LifeStream's CEO. "Our intention is to be able to pass on some of those savings to hospitals." The Desert Sun (Palm Springs, Calif.) (5/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • FDA approves antimicrobial dressing for IV systems
    The FDA has granted Covalon Technologies approval for an antimicrobial adhesive film dressing to secure vascular intravenous access devices. Covalon said the dressing is a new tool to prevent catheter-associated bloodstream infections. BeckersASC.com (5/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • ONC to add Consumer eHealth Office, chief medical officer
    The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT is establishing an Office of the Chief Medical Officer and an Office of Consumer eHealth. The CMO will provide a clinical perspective to ONC initiatives, including meaningful use policy development, and will "play a key role in helping ONC satisfy its mission of improving health and health care through health IT," wrote Dr. Farzad Mostashari, the national coordinator for health IT, in a blog post. The Office of Consumer eHealth will work to facilitate family and patient engagement in health care through patient-focused challenges and pledge programs. Healthcare Informatics online (5/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Reminder: CT subsections post their projects, opportunities to join
    New resources created by several AABB cellular therapy subsections are now available on the AABB website. The CT Business Management subsection posted a business planning outline that provides information on constructing an effective business plan. The Novel Therapies and CT Product Development subsection's checklist on the "Implementation of Manufacturing and Clinical Trial Logistics" also is available. Enroll in any of the subsections through the AABB website, or visit the frequently asked questions for more information. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
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Manager of Donor RecruitmentAmerican Red CrossUS - MI - Detroit
Executive Director - HemostasisNovo NordiskUS - NJ - Princeton
Manufacturing Processes SpecialistBlood Systems, Inc.US - AZ - Scottsdale
Regional Director of Transfusion ServicesAdvocate Health CareUS - IL
Senior Project ManagerBlood Systems, Inc.US - AZ - Scottsdale
Standards Development SpecialistAABBUS - MD - Bethesda
Director, Regional QualityBlood Systems, Inc.US - LA - Lafayette
Performance Improvement ConsultantBlood Systems, Inc.US - AZ - Scottsdale
(CEO), Greater Ozarks RegionAmerican Red CrossUS - AR - Little Rock
Deputy Director, Regulatory Affairs - Cellular TherapyAABBUS - MD - Bethesda
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