SCABB Blog

Blood Collectors Week: New Beginnings

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August 17th 2016, a day I vividly remember. I was about to embark on a new journey in my career. I had accepted a position with LifeShare Blood Centers as the Center Manager in Baton Rouge….

The Spirit of Our Industry…

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What motivates you to continue in the blood banking/transfusion service industry? Why do we do what we do, day in and day out? For the next few months leading up to AABB, share your story by posting to your Social Media using #YRUSCABB! Tell us “Why You are a South Central Member?”

Blood Banks Adopting Screening Tools for Zika Virus

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OneBlood has begun screening all blood donations for the Zika virus using investigative laboratory tests, and United States Blood Bank can resume collections following FDA approval of the use of the screening tools from Roche Holding and Hologic. “Based on the West Nile experience, we believe both of these two tests are very, very sensitive,” said Susan Stramer, chair of AABB’s Transfusion Transmitted Diseases Committee and the American Red Cross’ vice president for scientific affairs.

FDA Eases Restrictions on Blood Donations from Gay Men

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WASHINGTON — Federal health officials are lifting the nation’s 32-year-old lifetime ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men, but major restrictions will remain on who can donate.

South Central Association of Blood Banks Call for Awards

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It’s that time of the year again!! Time to send in a nomination to recognize that special group or individual who goes above and beyond for your organization! Who doesn’t want that “pat on the back” or “great job” that comes with winning an award?

The Communication Conundrum in Blood Banking

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Can you think of a time when a breakdown in communication made your job more challenging? Could you use a few tips on how to improve communication enhance patient care?

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Testosterone Replacement Therapy and Blood Donations

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Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT) is a medically supervised hormone replacement therapy used to alleviate symptoms associated with low testosterone. Low testosterone has been linked to an increased risk of cardiovascular disease and mortality as well as associated with symptoms such as depression, decreased sex drive, fatigue, irritability, and decreased muscle mass. FDA approved testosterone therapies include topical gel, transdermal patch, buccal system, and injection. Androgel and Testim are examples of prescription topical testosterone and are FDA approved for TRT.

The Choosing Wisely Campaign

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Transfusion medicine specialists are Choosing Wisely by helping both patients and providers question why blood is being prescribed. This program can become part of a hospital’s patient blood management program.

Paid Blood Donations in China

In China, a patient must present a certificate in order for them to receive a transfusion. This practice has led to people buying donors’ certificates and selling them to patients.


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