With origins in the 1950s, Carter BloodCare is one of Texas' largest blood centers, providing 300,000 units of life-saving blood and blood components to patients in North, Central, and East Texas annually.
by Geeta Paranjape, MD Background The reported rates of septic transfusion reactions from platelets vary from 1/100,000 by passive surveillance to 1/10,000 by active surveillance when testing with primary culture alone. Surveillance data on platelets stored up to five days have shown that the majority of platelet transfusion-related septic reactions and associated fatalities have occurred with…Read More
by Laurie J Sutor, MD, MBA When to transfuse. Consensus recommendations support transfusion for the prevention and treatment of stroke in high-risk patients. There is also some evidence that transfusion is helpful in patients to treat acute chest syndrome and for splenic sequestration with anemia. However, transfusion has not shown to be helpful routinely for treatment…Read More
by William Crews, MD Many factors put demands on platelet availability in our facility and our community. These include the need for quality control and bacterial testing, the short shelf life, an increase in utilization over recent years, and loss of donors with new regulations. For all these reasons we encourage transfusion services and transfusing…Read More
by Pamela L. Malvern, BSN, RN, CNN and Victoria Hall, BSN, RN Sickle cell disease is the most common indication when red cell exchange is carried out by Carter BloodCare clinical apheresis staff. The procedure can be elective for those sickle cell disease patients whose clinical circumstances are best managed by performing exchange every six to…Read More
by William Crews, MD Cryoprecipitated Antihemophilic Factor is more commonly known as cryoprecipitate, or simply cryo. Cryoprecipitate can only be made from Fresh Frozen Plasma (FFP), which has been removed from whole blood and frozen within eight hours of being collected. The FFP is slowly thawed between 1 and 6C. This results in a supernatant that…Read More