Dennis R Harpool

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BACKGROUND Concern about West Nile virus (WNV) transfusion-transmitted infections missed by minipool (MP) nucleic acid testing (NAT) has prompted consideration of the use of individual-donation (ID) NAT. Strategies were investigated for the application of limited ID-NAT capacity in 2004. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS Patterns of WNV MP-NAT-reactive donations(More)
BACKGROUND United Blood Services (UBS) began bacterial testing of platelets (PLTs) using one-bottle cultures in September 2003. Collection of 7-day PLTs using two-bottle cultures began in April 2006. This study compares our experience using both systems. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS PLTs from 13 UBS regional centers cultured from September 1, 2003, to(More)
BACKGROUND Throughout its system of regional centers, Blood Systems implemented culture based bacterial testing with a standardized protocol for both apheresis and whole blood-derived platelets (PLTs). STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS After a 24-hour hold, 4 mL of PLT product was inoculated into an aerobic bottle (BacT/ALERT, bioMérieux). Cultures were incubated(More)
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