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Individuals with lupus anticoagulants (LA) are at risk for thromboembolism (TE). Chronic inflammation is an important characteristic in LA patients which may dispose for TE. Platelets play a key role in inflammation and TE. We therefore investigated gene polymorphisms as well as plasma levels of platelet receptors as predictors of TE in 107 LA patients. We(More)
In June 2011 the Canadian National Advisory Committee on Blood and Blood Products sponsored an international consensus conference on transfusion and trauma. A panel of 10 experts and two external advisors reviewed the current medical literature and information presented at the conference by invited international speakers and attendees. The Consensus Panel(More)
PURPOSE OF REVIEW The purpose of this review is to provide an overview of concepts recently presented in the literature that impact our understanding of transfusion related acute lung injury (TRALI) and transfusion associated circulatory overload (TACO), and how to distinguish between the two disorders. RECENT FINDINGS An exceptionally clear review(More)
To determine the incidence and prognostic value of increased serum cardiac troponin I and T concentrations over 12 months in chronic hemodialysis patients, we performed a retrospective chart review in 16 patients undergoing chronic renal hemodialysis randomly selected from the Regional Kidney Disease Program without prior knowledge of their cardiac status.(More)
To establish the effect of a quality control failure on the performance of the LCx-GC nucleic-acid amplification assay for Neisseria gonorrhoeae (Abbott Laboratories, Abbott Park, IL) in the field, we conducted a retrospective analysis comparing the clinical and analytic performance of the recalled lots with those not implicated in the recall. Our analysis(More)
We developed a personal digital assistant-based knowledgebase of surgical pathology report content recommendations and performed an experimental trial to test if the knowledgebase improved report completeness. The 15 experimental group and 13 control group residents were given microscope slides and corresponding reports with the final diagnosis section(More)
BACKGROUND Transfusion-related acute lung injury (TRALI) is the leading cause of transfusion-related mortality. The majority of the literature involves adult patients. The main objective of this study was to characterize the demographic features, clinical presentation, patient outcomes, and antibody profiles of TRALI patients reported to the Canadian Blood(More)
BACKGROUND Allogeneic natural killer (NK) cell products for treatment of solid organ malignancies were prepared by performing T (CD3+)-cell depletion on nonmobilized apheresis mononuclear cell collections. The products were not B-cell depleted. This report details two cases of passenger lymphocyte syndrome (PLS) after NK-cell infusion. CASE REPORTS(More)
We conducted a reliability study comparing single data entry (SE) into a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet to entry using the existing forms (EF) feature of the Teleforms software system, in which optical character recognition is used to capture data off of paper forms designed in non-Teleforms software programs. We compared the transcription of data from(More)
BACKGROUND Septic transfusion reactions to apheresis platelets (PLTs) continue to occur despite preventive measures. This study evaluated the effect of two operational changes designed to reduce bacterial risk: 1) introducing inlet-line sample diversion on two-arm procedures and 2) increasing the sample volume cultured from 4 to 8 mL from all donations. (More)