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 The search for a viable alternative to banked human blood for transfusion has been ongoing for nearly 80 years. The ideal blood substitute would be cheaper, stored at room temperature, have a long shelf life, cause no adverse reactions, and be in plentiful supply. We would not have to worry…Read More
Plasma is the liquid part of the blood, used for treating bleeding and other disorders. Donated plasma may go directly to hospitals after testing and labeling at the blood center. This is the type of plasma donation in which Carter BloodCare participates. Other than having an anti-clotting agent added, the plasma is not altered in…Read More
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