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Giving Plasma During Air Transport May Save Trauma Patients

Posted 25 Jul 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, July 25, 2018 – Giving blood plasma to seriously injured patients en route by helicopter to the hospital can improve their chances of survival, a new study suggests. The study, led by the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, included 500 trauma patients with severe bleeding. "These results have the power to significantly alter trauma resuscitation, and their importance to the ...

Red Cross Issues Nationwide Call for Blood Donations

Posted 9 Jul 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, July 9, 2018 – Following a blood shortage triggered by the Fourth of July holiday week, the American Red Cross on Monday called for donations of all blood types, but especially type O. There were at least 550 fewer blood drives last week than during an average week, officials explained. "Blood donations are currently being distributed to hospitals faster than donations are coming in – ...

FDA Drops Zika Testing for Blood Donors

Posted 6 Jul 2018 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, July 6, 2018 – Individual blood donations will no longer need to be tested for the Zika virus, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Friday. "When Zika virus first emerged, the unknown course of the epidemic and the observed severe effects from the disease indicated that individual donor testing was needed to ensure the continued safety of the blood supply," explained Dr. Peter ...

Surgical Blood Transfusions Tied to Clot Risk

Posted 13 Jun 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, June 13, 2018 – Blood transfusions around the time of surgery may raise your risk for dangerous blood clots, researchers say. A new study of U.S. patients found that nearly 1 percent who received red blood cells before, during or after surgery developed clots in the following month. Clot risk doubled after one transfusion and increased with additional transfusions – tripling with two ...

Is Testing for Zika in U.S. Blood Supply Worth the Cost?

Posted 9 May 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, May 9, 2018 – Since 2016, every blood donation in the United States has been individually tested for the Zika virus. A new study suggests it's not worth it. Researchers at the American Red Cross found that of roughly 4 million donor blood samples tested over 15 months, only eight were positive for mosquito-borne Zika virus. Even fewer were potentially infectious. And it all came at a ...

Blood Type May Play Role in Death Risk After Trauma

Posted 2 May 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, May 2, 2018 – People with the most common blood type, type O, may be at higher risk of death after suffering severe injuries because they're more likely to have major bleeding, a new study suggests. While the study is preliminary, Japanese researcher Dr. Wataru Takayama said the "results also raise questions about how emergency transfusion of O type red blood cells to a severe trauma ...

You're Less Likely to Get a Blood Transfusion Now

Posted 27 Feb 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Feb. 27, 2018 – Americans are getting fewer blood transfusions, and that's good news, researchers say. "It's a win-win for everybody," said Dr. Aaron Tobian, senior author of a new study. "Fewer transfusions are good for multiple reasons," said Tobian, director of transfusion medicine at Johns Hopkins University's School of Public Health. "Our blood supply is safer than ever, but ...

After Another Shooting Tragedy, 'Stop the Bleed' Kits Urged for Schools

Posted 16 Feb 2018 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Feb. 16, 2018 – Some of the 17 people killed Wednesday in the senseless Florida school shooting might have survived if their bleeding could have been stopped in time, experts say. Noting that it takes only 5 to 10 minutes for a gunshot victim to bleed to death, the American College of Surgeons has long pushed a nationwide program to train teachers simple but effective means of halting ...

Severe Flu Season, Tough Winter a Double Whammy for Blood Banks

Posted 22 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Jan. 22, 2018 – A merciless flu season and lots of wintry weather are draining the U.S. blood supply, officials report. Since the beginning of the year, more than 500 American Red Cross blood drives have been canceled because of dangerous weather conditions. That means about 13,000 pints of blood and platelets went uncollected, according to the relief organization. To make matters worse, ...

Blood Banks Need January Donors

Posted 9 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Jan. 9, 2018 – Want to make a difference right now? Consider donating some blood. That's the suggestion of experts from Penn State Health's Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. Blood bank supplies tend to be low in January because the holidays and the season's typically inclement weather often keep people from going to a donation site. But, donating blood or blood products, like platelets, ...

What to Do If Someone's Bleeding Badly

Posted 8 Dec 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Dec. 8, 2017 – By knowing how to stop bleeding, you could save the life of a seriously injured person. Analysis of mass tragedies such as the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in 2012 revealed that many victims could have been saved if bystanders had known how to control their bleeding, according to Dr. Justin Chandler, a trauma surgeon at Penn State's Hershey Medical Center. Penn ...

Is Blood Donated by Mothers Less Safe for Men?

Posted 17 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Oct. 17, 2017 – Men who receive blood donated by previously pregnant women may face an increased risk of death following the transfusion, a new study from the Netherlands suggests. Males transfused with blood from a woman with a history of pregnancy appear to be 13 percent overall more likely to die in coming years, compared with those who received blood from another man, said ...

First Test to Detect Zika in Blood Donations Approved

Posted 7 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Oct. 6, 2017 – The cobas Zika test has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration – the first approved screening test to detect the Zika virus in blood donations. The test is not designed to diagnose any particular person's Zika infection, however, the FDA said. In August 2016, the agency recommended that all U.S. states and territories screen blood for Zika, according to an ...

FDA Approves Test to Screen Donated Blood for Zika

Posted 6 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Oct. 6, 2017 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a new test – called the cobas Zika test – to screen donated blood for the Zika virus. "Today's action represents the first approval of a Zika virus detection test for use with screening the nation's blood supply," Dr. Peter Marks said Thursday in an agency news release. Marks is director of the FDA's Center for Biologics ...

Health Tip: Giving Blood

Posted 4 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Donating blood for the first time may sound intimidating. But the process is fairly painless, takes only about 20 minutes and could help save a life. The American Red Cross explains the different types of blood donation: Whole blood – The most common and quickest type of donation, involving a pint of whole blood. The donation is typically separated into transfusable components, including red ...

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