Erica M. Wood

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The Duffy blood group antigen is an essential receptor for Plasmodium vivax entry into erythrocytes in a process mediated by the parasite ligand, the Duffy binding protein (DBP). Recently, individuals living in a malaria endemic region of Papua New Guinea were identified as heterozygous for a new allele conferring Duffy negativity, which results in 50% less(More)
Alloimmune hemolysis is a recognized but infrequent complication of solid organ transplantation, particularly where there is incompatibility within the ABO blood group system. We describe severe hemolysis due to passenger lymphocyte syndrome (PLS) in all three recipients of organs from a single donor with multiple red cell (RC) alloantibodies. The first(More)
BACKGROUND Currently used indicators of iron status have limitations. Hepcidin, a key regulator of iron metabolism, is reduced in iron deficiency. We sought to determine the properties of hepcidin as a diagnostic test of iron deficiency. DESIGN AND METHODS Sera from female, non-anemic, whole blood donors were analyzed for hepcidin (enzyme-linked(More)
INTRODUCTION Fibrinogen may be reduced following traumatic injury due to loss from haemorrhage, increased consumption and reduced synthesis. In the absence of clinical trials, guidelines for fibrinogen replacement are based on expert opinion and vary internationally. We aimed to determine prevalence and predictors of low fibrinogen on admission in major(More)
Iron deficiency anaemia (IDA) remains prevalent in Australia and worldwide, especially among high-risk groups. IDA may be effectively diagnosed in most cases by full blood examination and serum ferritin level. Serum iron levels should not be used to diagnose iron deficiency. Although iron deficiency may be due to physiological demands in growing children,(More)
To describe the relationship between clinical practice and national guidelines for the transfusion of red blood cells (RBCs), fresh frozen plasma (FFP), platelets, and cryoprecipitate in Australian and New Zealand intensive care units (ICUs). Forty-seven ICUs over a 5-week period from August to September 2008. Prospective, observational, multicentre, cohort(More)
• Despite the associated bleeding risk, warfarin is the most commonly prescribed anticoagulant in Australia and New Zealand. Warfarin use will likely continue for anticoagulation indications for which novel agents have not been evaluated and among patients who are already stabilised on it or have severe renal impairment. • Strategies to manage(More)
Bacterial safety of cellular preparations, especially haematopoietic progenitor cells (HPCs), as well as advanced therapy medicinal products (ATMPs) derived from stem cells of various origins, present a challenge for physicians, manufacturers and regulators. The article describes the background and practical issues in this area and illustrates why sterility(More)
BACKGROUND Hospital transfusion laboratories collect information regarding blood transfusion and some registries gather clinical outcomes data without transfusion information, providing an opportunity to integrate these two sources to explore effects of transfusion on clinical outcomes. However, the use of laboratory information system (LIS) data for this(More)