Stop the Bleeding: Finding Platelets in a Time of Need

Stop the Bleeding: Finding Platelets in a Time of Need

Every blood center knows that summer brings a significant drop in the number of donations.  The problem is especially acute with platelets. Platelets have a very short shelf life (~5-7 days post collection, vs 35 days for red blood cells and 6 months for frozen plasma) Inventory is thus very tightly coupled with recent donor activity.  Summer typically sees decreased donor visits as college students disperse and families spend more time traveling.

The RAND Corporation report, released in 2016, addresses many of these concerns by advocating for increased technological innovation, regulatory reform, greater investment in blood centers as a public health resource, and a more fluid distribution network.

In the short term, however, there are several promising avenues for expanding platelet resources available: pre-storage pooled platelets (Acrodose), single donor platelets suspended in Platelet Additive Solution (PAS), units with 7 days of post-collection viability, and expanding the geographical area from which units can be procured.

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5 Questions on Acrodose with Dr. Rachel Beddard, MD

5 Questions on Acrodose with Dr. Rachel Beddard, MD

Dr. Beddard is Medical Director at a large independent Blood Center

"5 Questions with..." is a regular series of questions and answers with blood industry thought leaders.  This installment looks at Acrodose, an FDA-approved whole blood derived alternative to apheresis Single Donor Platelets.  Bloodbuy is not affiliated with Haemonetics, the provider of the Acrodose system, although Acrodose products are available on the Bloodbuy platform.

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5 Questions on Acrodose with Dr. Christopher Clark, MD

5 Questions on Acrodose with Dr. Christopher Clark, MD

This is the first installment in what will be a regular series of questions and answers with blood industry thought leaders.  This installment looks at Acrodose, an FDA-approved alternative to apheresis Single Donor Platelets.  Bloodbuy is not affiliated with Haemonetics, the provider of the Acrodose system, although Acrodose products are available on the Bloodbuy platform.

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The Next Revolution in Blood Technology: Pathogen Reduction

The Next Revolution in Blood Technology: Pathogen Reduction

The blood industry has been shaken by a series of seismic shifts in recent years and the next shock is already cresting the horizon: Pathogen Reduction Technology (PRT) has the potential to transform how blood products reach patients. Other upsets have been sudden and jarring, such as 2016’s Zika epidemic and its nation-wide impact on blood availability.  In the span of a single year, an emerging pathogen was identified as a threat to the blood supply, nucleic acid tests were developed, and a new guidance was adopted by the FDA.

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Blood and Circuits: The RAND Corporation Report on the Role of Technology in Maintaining a Stable Blood Supply

The health of the United States depends on blood and tech. Blood and blood products play a key and irreplaceable role in medicine: 5 million people per year receive transfusions of red blood cells, clotting factors or plasma products. Traditionally, the technological aspects of blood has long focused on improving the safety, collection, and storage of blood.

 

As the recently released RAND Corporation report makes clear, the result has been a remarkably consistent record of safety in the modern era. Transfusion-related infections and adverse reactions are at an all-time low, even as new blood-borne pathogens continue to emerge.

 

 

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Big Data & Blood Products: Who will guide the revolution?

Big Data & Blood Products: Who will guide the revolution?

The Big Data revolution is coming to the blood banking community.  Other areas of health care have gradually embraced the transformative power of large-scale data collection and analysis.  The impact of this change is difficult to predict, but will almost certainly include reductions in wasted units and improvements in distribution.

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Earthquakes, Epidemics & Ecology: Lessons for Blood Supply Stability

Earthquakes, Epidemics & Ecology: Lessons for Blood Supply Stability

For all its brutal cost in human suffering, the unfolding zika epidemic has provided a rich source of learning materials for the nation’s blood supply. In one sense, it is profoundly reassuring to the speed with which US regulatory agencies, pharmaceutical companies, and individual members of the blood supplier community have worked together to address an unfolding crisis.

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