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 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
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