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News, Presentations & Literature

November 23, 2020

James R. Stubbs, Mary J. Homer, Toby Silverman, Andrew P. Cap – “The current state of the platelet supply in the US and proposed options to decrease the risk of critical shortages”

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July 13, 2020

France and France – “Preference for whole blood versus plasma donation among university students”

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June 26, 2020

Lu – “A national survey of hospital‐based transfusion services on their approaches to platelet bacterial risk mitigation in response to the FDA final guidance for industry”

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June 23, 2020

Farrugia and Vamvakas – “Toward a patient-based paradigm for blood transfusion”

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April 30, 2020

Fredrick – “Strategic issues currently facing the US blood system”

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Plasma Collection Industry: Lessons Learned from a Paid Donor System

Plasma Collection Industry: Lessons Learned from a Paid Donor System Blood plasma fractionation is a biopharmaceutical manufacturing process in which plasma components are isolated and …

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Compensated and Volunteer Blood Donor Models: A Harmonious and Complementary Collections Strategy

Compensated and Volunteer Blood Donor Models: A Harmonious and Complementary Collections Strategy A point of consideration regarding the strategy of compensated blood donation is the …

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“The Gift Relationship” by Richard Titmuss: Return This Gift to Sender

The Gift Relationship by Richard Titmuss:  Return This Gift to Sender  The Wall Street Journal reported recently that the U.S. blood supply has dropped to “critically …

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Is Paid Blood Donation Safe

Perspectives on Paid Blood Donation Ethical and safety concerns have historically led to a societal reliance on volunteer blood donations. However, the fragility of the …

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Single-Sourced Blood Supply: Pros and Cons

Platelet components present the biggest challenge around inventory management in the complex supply chain for blood components in the US. Here we will explore the …

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COVID-19 Highlights Need for More Dependable Platelet Supply

The COVID-19 pandemic has had an unprecedented impact on healthcare globally. In addition to the general resource scarcity of personal protective equipment and other items, …

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US Platelet Supply and Demand

Blood shortages generally occur in the summer months or holidays when donor volumes recede. In this post, we will examine the shrinking volunteer blood donor …


How We Source Platelets Today, and How This Can Be Done Better Tomorrow

The Secure Transfusion Services, Inc (STS) mission is to improve patient outcomes by improving the availability of platelets by augmenting the supply chain to hospitals.  …

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Federal mandates may constrain platelet availability even more4

The safety of platelet transfusions is critical, and the recent US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) mandate requires bacterial risk mitigation strategies such as large volume delayed sampling or pathogen reduction. Processing requirements associated with these bacterial risk mitigation strategies may further erode the platelet supply.

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