Jayme D. R. Kurach

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BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES While the clinical impact of differences in red blood cell (RBC) component processing methods is unknown, there are concerns they may be confounding variables in studies such as the ongoing 'age of blood' investigations. Here, we compare the in vitro characteristics of red cell concentrates (RCCs) produced by several different(More)
BACKGROUND Nondestructive testing of blood components could permit in-process quality control and reduce discards. Tubing segments, generated during red blood cell (RBC) component production, were tested to determine their suitability as a sample source for quality testing. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS Leukoreduced RBC components were produced from whole(More)
In North America, red blood cells (RBCs) are cryopreserved in a clinical setting using high glycerol concentrations (40% w/v) with slow cooling rates (~1°C/min) prior to storage at -80°C, while European protocols use reduced glycerol concentrations with rapid freezing rates. After thawing and prior to transfusion, glycerol must be removed to avoid(More)
While irradiation of red cell concentrates (RCC) prevents graft-versus-host disease in susceptible transfusion recipients, it also damages red blood cells (RBC). To understand the ability of irradiation regulations to prevent transfusion of inferior units, we irradiated 980 RCC in saline-adenine-glucose-mannitol (SAGM) using various combinations of(More)
BACKGROUND Canadian Blood Services has been conducting quality monitoring of red blood cell (RBC) components since 2005, a period spanning the implementation of semiautomated component production. The aim was to compare the quality of RBC components produced before and after this production method change. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS Data from 572 RBC units(More)
BACKGROUND Washed red blood cells (RBCs) are indicated for immunoglobulin (Ig)A-deficient recipients when RBCs from IgA-deficient donors are not available. Canadian Blood Services recently began using the automated ACP 215 cell processor (Haemonetics Corporation) for RBC washing, and its suitability to produce IgA-deficient RBCs was investigated. STUDY(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES Di-2-ethylhexyl phthalate (DEHP) is a blood bag plasticizer. It is also a toxin, raising concerns for vulnerable populations, for example, neonates and infants. Here, the in vitro quality of red cell concentrates (RCC) stored in paediatric bags formulated with alternative plasticizers to DEHP was compared. MATERIALS AND METHODS(More)
BACKGROUND Our previous studies showed that hypothermic storage (HS) induces red blood cell (RBC) microparticle (RMP) generation and changes in phosphatidylserine (PS) and CD47 expression on RBCs and RMPs. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of cold rejuvenation treatment at multiple time points during storage on these prehemolytic indicators(More)
BACKGROUND Before transfusion, thawed frozen red cell concentrates (RCCs) must be deglycerolized. In order to ensure that these products meet regulatory standards for hematocrit, an approach to manipulate hematocrit post deglycerolization was developed and implemented. METHODS Glycerolized and frozen RCCs were thawed and deglycerolized using the COBE 2991(More)
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