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.Read More
Dr. Beddard is Medical Director at South Texas Blood & Tissue 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.Read More
Dr. Clark is the Medical Director of Transfusion Medicine at the University of Tennessee Medical Center.
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 whole blood derived alternative to apheresis Single Donor Platelets.Read More
Radical change is coming to the hospital-blood center relationship. The cause will be a new guidance from the FDA requiring re-testing of platelets after 3 days of storage. The guidance is currently a draft, but industry insiders expect its release in final form this spring or summer.