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The Journal of the American Association published a research study held in Canada about the effects of red blood cells stored for 7 days or less in neonates, where it was concluded that the effects of  fresh RBC transfusions compared with standard RBC transfusion practice amongst critically ill premature infants, did not decrease or increase rates of complications or death...
 
 

 
"Consent regarding the correct processing and storage of blood microparticles is lacking and different protocols for the freeze-thaw cycle exist. Therefore, three different thawing procedures were evaluated regarding their influence on recovery and composition of microparticles."
 


"A poll published three days ahead of the 2010 World Blood Donor Day shows that 37% of Europeans have given blood. The Eurobarometer survey indicates a 6% increase since the last survey was conducted in 2002 in EU-15. The countries revealed to have the highest levels of blood donation are Austria (66%), France (52%), Greece (51%) and the Republic of Cyprus (51%). Over half of Europeans are willing to donate organs according to a Eurobarometer survey on organ donation also published today..."
 
 

"...The aim of any Blood Bank is to provide safe and high quality blood products to meet the patient's needs. Such products are derived from volunteers who are willing to donate blood. Selection and management of these donors plays a critical role to ensure the safety and quality of all blood products..."

Vanessa Zammit
Senior Medical Laboratory Scientist
NBTS
B.Sc. Hons.(MLS), M.Sc.(Trans. Sc.)(Wolverhampton)

 

 

 
Haemolytic disease of the newborn (HDN) is associated with foetal red cell destruction following the transplacental passage of maternally derived IgG antibodies. The antibodies are directed against paternally derived antigens on foetal cells. ..... can also result from incompatibilities caused by many other red cell antibodies, although this occurrence is much less frequent.

 

 
Carmelina Cuschieri
Senior Medical Laboratory Scientist 
NBTS

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Today on the Maltese Islands approximately, 17,000 units of blood are donated each year of which 15,000 are transfused. Each unit contains about 450 mL of whole blood, which is then separated by centrifugation into its various components......
Robert Decelis
BSc(Hons) MLS

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Blood transfusion is the cornerstone of therapy for many serious and common diseases. Indeed, without blood products it would be impossible to implement many of the modern regimen used for the treatment of malignant diseases and to perform the complex surgery now regarded as routine. ... This study did not show the type and screen to reach the expected safety level of 99%, taking that of the full antiglobulin crossmatch to be 100%. A more extensive study should be considered.

Vanessa Zammit
Senior Medical Laboratory Scientist
NBTS
B.Sc. Hons.(MLS), M.Sc.(Trans. Sc.)(Wolverhampton)

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"...Shelf-life is an important key factor which greatly influences the quality of platelets. When considering prolonging platelet shelf-life to that of seven days, one must ensure that the quality of the product does not deteriorate.
To this end quality control programmers should be establish to target specific parameters which will ensure that platelets have not undergone any storage lesions..."

Vanessa Zammit
Senior Medical Laboratory Scientist
NBTS
B.Sc. Hons.(MLS), M.Sc.(Trans. Sc.)(Wolverhampton)

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