Boston skyline, Photo by Soe Lin

The 2018 AABB Annual Meeting took place October 13-16 in Boston, Massachusetts.

Preoperative anemia management saves blood, money

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Christine M. Cahill
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Results of a pilot program suggest preoperative management of anemia can reduce transfusion rates and cut costs, but the effect on patient outcomes isn’t clear. For this program, anemic patients received dietary guidance and supplementation prior to surgery. This increased day-of-surgery hemoglobin levels, reduced intraoperative and postoperative... [Read Article]
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Study supports PBM program for HSCT recipients

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Nilesh Jambhekar, MD
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A blood management program for patients undergoing hematopoietic stem cell transplant (HSCT) can reduce inappropriate transfusions and costs without compromising patient outcomes, a new study suggests. Researchers retrospectively compared outcomes before and after implementation of a patient blood management (PBM) program at a single institution. After the... [Read Article]
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Testing platelets reduces waste, cuts costs

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Platelets for transfusion
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Rapid bacterial testing of platelets in a hospital blood bank can result in both significant cost savings and reduced wastage of blood products, according to investigators. In a single-center study, rapid bacterial testing of 6- or 7-day-old apheresis platelets resulted in projected annual cost savings of nearly $89,000... [Read Article]
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Transfusion errors more common in kids than adults, study suggests

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Sarah Vossoughi, MD
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Even the most vigilant hospitals experience transfusion errors and problems with blood storage, according to researchers. A review of data from 32 U.S. hospitals showed that pediatric transfusions were associated with a higher rate of safety problems than adult transfusions, with errors differing by age group. The most... [Read Article]
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Team reports success with mobile platelet collection

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Researchers David Anthony and Amber Lazareff
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If donors can’t get to the apheresis center, bring the apheresis center to the donors. Researchers have found that apheresis platelet collection in the field is practical with proper planning and support. A team at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) Blood... [Read Article]
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Drones can deliver blood products, but hurdles remain

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Bags of plasma
Photo by Cristina Granados
Drone-delivered blood products may be coming soon to a hospital near you, experts said at AABB 2018. Using a system of completely autonomous delivery drones launched from a central location, U.S.-based Zipline International delivers blood products to treat postpartum hemorrhage, trauma, malaria, and other life-threatening conditions to... [Read Article]
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