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BACKGROUND Some observational studies have reported that transfusion of red-cell units that have been stored for more than 2 to 3 weeks is associated with serious, even fatal, adverse events. Patients undergoing cardiac surgery may be especially vulnerable to the adverse effects of transfusion. METHODS We conducted a randomized trial at multiple sites(More)
As peripheral blood has surpassed bone marrow as a predominant source of stem cells for transplantation, use of the cytokine granulocyte colony-stimulating factor (G-CSF) to mobilize peripheral blood stem cells (PBSCs) is increasing. Issues regarding potential genotoxic effects of even short-term, low-dose G-CSF treatment for the healthy donors have been(More)
BACKGROUND Platelet (PLT) doses of 1.1 × 10(11), 2.2 × 10(11), and 4.4 × 10(11) /m(2) body surface area are equally effective in preventing bleeding. These different dose strategies involve different numbers of transfusions. We conducted a cost analysis of three separate PLT dose therapies. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS A process map of preparation and(More)
BACKGROUND Pathogen inactivation (PI) is a new approach to blood safety that may introduce additional costs. This study identifies costs that could be eliminated, thereby mitigating the financial impact. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS Cost information was obtained from five institutions on tests and procedures (e.g., irradiation) currently performed, that could(More)
BACKGROUND For patients with thrombocytopenia without bleeding risk factors, a platelet transfusion trigger of 10 × 10(9) /L is recommended. No studies have evaluated the clinicians' decision-making process leading to trigger changes. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS We report on the evaluation of trigger changes and the relation with bleeding. Eighty patients(More)
The proper diagnosis of patients with immune-mediated thrombocytopenias can be accomplished by using the advances made in the field of platelet serology. These techniques range from solid phase red cell adherence to sequencing platelet antigen amino acids by polymerase chain reaction. This article describes platelet antigens, the clinical tests available to(More)
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