Robert Herst

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BACKGROUND The purpose of this survey was to establish baseline information on blood component use in relation to patient diagnoses, procedures, and demographics and to identify patterns of blood use that may be used for blood program planning and transfusion audits. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS A cross-sectional survey of the transfusion of blood components(More)
Platelet activation occurs during the collection, processing and storage of platelet concentrates. The effect of the platelet activation on the functional state of stored platelets remains however undefined. We employed flow cytometric analysis to evaluate the extent of platelet activation and the physiological response to thrombin stimulation of platelets(More)
The novel 5-lipoxygenase (5-LO) inhibitor, ABT-761, was investigated for its effect on exercise-induced bronchoconstriction in asthmatic subjects. The relationship between 5-LO inhibition and effects on the response of the airways to exercise was examined. In a double-blind, randomized, crossover clinical trial, 10 patients with mild to moderate persistent(More)
BACKGROUND Previous studies of transfusions of newly formed red cells (neocytes) demonstrated modest extensions of transfusion interval in patients with homozygous beta-thalassemia. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS The clinical benefits of a new system of neocyte preparation (Neocel, Cutter Biological, Berkeley, CA), reported to combine ease of preparation with(More)
BACKGROUND A direct chemical toxicity of dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) to hematopoietic progenitor cells has been suggested. However, a recent study failed to corroborate these earlier findings. Thus, a series of experiments was undertaken to address this issue. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS Bone marrow was collected from 18 donors and cryopreserved with 10(More)
Autologous blood transfusion was evaluated in gynaecological repair procedures including abdominal/ vaginal hysterectomy with vaginal repair, post-hysterectomy vaginal suspension and fixation, uni/bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy with vaginal colpopexy and sling procedures. A total of 247 autologous units were collected from 95 patients at the regional blood(More)
A confidential self-administered questionnaire was given to all donors prior to blood donation (n = 95,917). The questionnaire describes acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) high-risk groups and requires the donor to designate his blood for either laboratory purposes or for transfusion. Six-hundred and twenty-seven people (0.65%; 78% men) designated(More)