Learn More
BACKGROUND Selection of voluntary donors who are at low risk of transfusion-transmissible viral infection (TTVI) is central in maintaining the safety of the blood supply. Evaluation of its effectiveness and the dynamics of the process may offer opportunities to further improve transfusion safety. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS The impact of donor selection on(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)
BACKGROUND The effectiveness of platelet transfusions to prevent bleeding in patients with hematologic cancers remains unclear. This trial assessed whether a policy of not giving prophylactic platelet transfusions was as effective and safe as a policy of providing prophylaxis. METHODS We conducted this randomized, open-label, noninferiority trial at 14(More)
OBJECTIVE A paediatric directed donation programme (DDP) was instituted by Women's and Children's Health in conjunction with the Australian Red Cross Blood Service, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, in response to public demand following a case of transfusion-transmitted HIV. This audit assesses the first 18 months of the programme. METHODS Retrospective(More)
BACKGROUND Platelet transfusion-associated sepsis is usually due to donor skin flora introduced into the unit during phlebotomy. An unusual case of a platelet component contaminated with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is reported. CASE REPORT A 54-year-old man, terminally ill with progressive non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, developed fever and(More)
BACKGROUND Active Helicobacter pylori infection can be diagnosed by invasive (biopsy based) or non-invasive methods, such as stool antigen testing. AIMS To compare three stool antigen enzyme immunoassay kits--Premier Platinum Hp SA, FemtoLab Cnx, and Hp Ag--with biopsy based methods for the detection of H pylori in previously undiagnosed patients. (More)
BACKGROUND Cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection is now the commonest congenital form of infective neurological handicap, recognized by the Institute of Medicine as the leading priority for the developed world in congenital infection. In the absence of an effective vaccine, universal screening for CMV in pregnancy has been proposed, in order that primary(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)
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)
INTRODUCTION In critically ill patients, it is uncertain whether exposure to older red blood cells (RBCs) may contribute to mortality. We therefore aimed to evaluate the association between the age of RBCs and outcome in a large unselected cohort of critically ill patients in Australia and New Zealand. We hypothesized that exposure to even a single unit of(More)