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Red Cross Issues Urgent Call for Blood Ahead of the Holidays

Posted 7 days ago by

TUESDAY, Nov. 13, 2018 – There's an urgent need for blood and platelet donations in the United States because donations during September and October fell 21,000 units short of hospital needs, the American Red Cross says. That means blood products are being distributed to hospitals faster than donations are being made. "Today, the Red Cross asks the American public for help. As we head into the ...

After Mass Shootings, Blood Donations Can Go Unused

Posted 31 Oct 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 31, 2018 – After mass shootings like the one at a Pittsburgh synagogue just last weekend that left 11 dead and six wounded, Americans often rush to donate blood to help the victims. But new research suggests that some of that blood could end up going to waste. "There is an emotional desire after these events to immediately donate blood, but that's not always necessary and it's ...

New DNA-Based Test Approved to Help Verify Blood Compatibility

Posted 12 Oct 2018 by

FRIDAY, Oct. 12, 2018 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the ID CORE XT DNA-based test to help doctors verify blood compatibility before a transfusion. People who need repeated transfusions, such as those with sickle cell disease, are more likely to develop certain antibodies. If blood with poorly-matched antibodies is transfused, the procedure is more likely to lead to ...

Gut Enzyme Could Help Solve U.S. Blood Shortages

Posted 21 Aug 2018 by

TUESDAY, Aug. 21, 2018 – An enzyme found in gut bacteria could convert type A blood into universal type O blood, a scientific feat that would significantly boost blood supplies, a new study suggests. This enzyme converts A blood into O blood approximately 30 times faster than any enzyme on record, and it appears to do it in a safe and effective manner, said lead researcher Stephen Withers, a ...

Giving Plasma During Air Transport May Save Trauma Patients

Posted 25 Jul 2018 by

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 ...

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