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, VP of Medical and Technical Services Irradiation of blood is done to prevent graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) in susceptible patients getting transfusion. Current practice in U.S. blood banks tends to use one of two types of dedicated blood component irradiators: the traditional cesium source irradiator which emits gamma rays, or…Read More
Katherine Kay Blevens chooses to celebrate the purest joys in her life – husband, children and grandchildren, despite being diagnosed with sickle cell disease as a baby. When she was a teenager, she was told that she would not live past 21. The reason why sickle cell disease carries such a grim prognosis is because…Read More
Carter BloodCare's Cellular Therapy Laboratory has been entrusted to assist with the initial collection, cryopreservation, preparation for patient infusion and administration of stem cell products. This video takes a behind-the-scenes look at the process. [embed]https://youtu.be/38seNmzKOiU[/embed]Read More
Save the date for the 2019 PASS blood bank exam review, previously known as Last Chance Review.Read More
by William Crews, MD Red blood cell genotyping predicts the antigen phenotype of the red cell by analyzing the portion of DNA that codes for red cell proteins/antigens. Carter BloodCare has performed red cell genotype testing for 10 years. Initially we used this testing to phenotype blood donors to increase our “rare unit” inventory. Over…Read More