F Bernadette West

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BACKGROUND Although many apheresis centers offer extracorporeal photopheresis (ECP), little is known about current treatment practices. METHODS An electronic survey was distributed to assess ECP practice internationally. RESULTS Of 251 responses, 137 met criteria for analysis. Most respondents were from North America (80%). Nurses perform ECP at most(More)
PURPOSE Hematopoietic Progenitor Cell (HPC) collection by apheresis is performed in patients and donors to obtain HPCs for transplantation. Although studies have shown these procedures to be safe, successful collection cannot be performed without establishment of venous access. This project's objective was to ascertain the current practices of donor vein(More)
BACKGROUND Microparticles (MPs) are submicron size cell fragments that are released from cells. OBJECTIVES We hypothesise that MPs increase during red blood cell (RBC) storage and are part of the pro-inflammatory activity, which accumulates in the RBC supernatant. METHODS/MATERIALS RBC units were separated from whole blood of eight healthy donors: 5 U(More)
BACKGROUND Red blood cell (RBC) transfusion is a life-saving intervention for critically ill patients; however, it has been linked to increased morbidity and mortality. We hypothesize that a number of important proteins accumulate during routine storage of RBCs, which may explain some of the adverse effects seen in transfused patients. STUDY DESIGN Five(More)
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