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 William Crews, MD There are many FDA required quality control measurements that must be met to ensure the safety, purity, and potency of blood components before they can be labeled and made ready for patient use. One of the required measurements for every apheresis platelet is calculation of the platelet yield (volume x platelet…Read More
by Laurie J. Sutor, MD, MBA A new version of the AABB Standards for Blood Banks and Transfusion Services is scheduled to go into effect on April 1, 2020. The draft version has been circulated for member comments this summer. The following article summarizes what I think are the most important changes for hospital blood banks.…Read More
by Laurie J. Sutor, MD, MBA Our practice for decades has been to store platelet components at 20 to 24ºC (“room temperature”). This convention likely arose from the finding that platelets stored at refrigerator temperatures have significantly shorter lifespans in circulation after transfusion. However, there are clearly disadvantages of room temperature storage of platelet components:…Read More
by Geeta Paranjape, MD Cellular therapy is a rapidly progressing field with new clinical trials for novel products being added all the time. Autologous and allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplants have been used for many hematological malignancies as treatment. The new kid on the block is CAR T-cell (Chimeric Antigen Receptor T) therapy. Development of…Read More
by Laurie J. Sutor, MD, MBA Area hospitals and the community blood center have become aware of new sections of the Texas Administrative Code and the Health and Safety Code that, in their standard-setting for maternal care for the state, are having significant effects on blood banks. The legislation was first passed in 2013 and…Read More