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Hospital Blood Bank Guide to Surviving New HIS

Stephanie Hawkins, MT(ASCP), Regional Blood Bank Manager for Providence Health & Services, shares tips on surviving your hospital’s transition to a new HIS. Download Hawkins’ “Survival Guide” Webinar as she takes you through her four secrets to a successful HIS implementation for your blood bank. (Courtesy of Mediware.)

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AABB Ebola fact sheet addresses questions about the virus

AABB encourages blood establishments to refer to the AABB Ebola Fact Sheet on the AABB website. From the AABB: “While Ebola is not recognized as a transfusion-transmitted infection (!?!), viremia does occur. However, viremic patients are expected to be symptomatic and therefore unqualified to donate. In addition, infections have been confined to malarious areas from […]

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South Africa Lifts Ban on Gay Men Donating Blood

According to a May 21, 2014, International Business Times report by Ludovica Iaccino, “Gay South African men are now allowed to donate blood as a new non-discriminatory policy has been implemented by the government … Prior to the new policy, gay men were seen as having a high risk of being infected with HIV and could only […]

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‘In a Hopeful Vein’–Controversial Study Challenges WHO blood donor guidelines

A new study builds on a body of research showing that economic incentives motivate people to donate blood, says an article entitled “In a Hopeful Vein” in the Spring 2014 Changing Business magazine from Johns Hopkins Carey Business School. “This raises the question of whether pure altruism is sufficient to guarantee a sufficient, steady supply […]

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Why I Donate

By Patrick Fenton* It was a chilly Friday afternoon. Our high-school baseball team was finishing its first week of practice. Though the sun was bright, the temperature was a very breezy 35 degrees. Our coach, a former minor-league baseball player, was a strict taskmaster who seemed to believe the most important skill required for this […]

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Talking Transfusion Safety & More

Feb. 22, 2014 For those of you tuning into the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, I don’t have to explain how dangerous even the smallest deviation can be. Take ski jumping, for instance, which finally admitted females after the evidence showed it wouldn’t make ladies’ uteri fall out (breaking heads and bones was evidently not […]

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What are FDA/AABB Inspectors Looking For?

Our OTIS Blood Bank managers and QA directors are detecting an increased emphasis in FDA and AABB inspections on examining an institution’s follow through on the investigation of documented deviations. The inspectors are looking for positive resolution of the issues that generated the deviations. Our users have found that OTIS provides the intuitive and thorough […]

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