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Utility of temperature-sensitive indicators for temperature monitoring of red-blood-cell units

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Meet this month’s Trendsetter – Alice Chen

Q:  Tell us a little bit about your practice and current position.     A:  I am in a pathology group, Gulf Coast Pathology Associates, which provides Transfusion Medicine Consultative Services that are somewhat beyond the usual. The beginning of our service can be traced back to the 1970’s at the Texas Heart Institute in the Texas […]



Featured News & Events

RFI is now published in the Federal Register seeking public input by 6/21:

Federal Register Request for Public Comments Section 209 of Pandemic

 

COVID-19 Resources & SCABB Events

News around COVID-19 is changing daily. Like all of you, SCABB is monitoring the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) and Texas Health & Human Services very closely.

ENGAGE, The SCABB Annual Meeting & Exhibit Show scheduled for May 28-30th at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress, has been RESCHEDULED for August 28-30th at the same location.  All current conference registrations will remain valid and applicable to the new dates.

In addition, deadlines for Call for Abstracts, Sol Haberman Scholarship, Award Nominations and General Scholarships are extended until May 22, 2020.  You are encouraged to take advantage of this extension to submit your papers for Abstracts and recognize those entities that have impacted your communities via our annual Awards Program.

In addition, an Annual Meeting Virtual Attendance Registration will be added to attendee registration options, allowing participation by all in the manner that is most comfortable to them and approved by their employers. 

PASS Blood Bank Exam Review will continue to be presented April 18 and 19, 2020 in VIRTUAL ATTENDEE registration format only.  Any on site registered attendees will be converted to VIRTUAL ATTENDEES.

SCABB prides itself as being a trusted resource for our members and the association community. The following resources are collected from federal, state, and industry resources in hopes of proving you a one-stop-shop when researching COVID-19 information.

Below are some general guidance and links to information from federal and state agencies and health organizations. SCABB will continue to update the information on this page accordingly.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends the following:

  • Everyone can do their part to help us respond to this emerging public health threat:
    • It’s currently flu and respiratory disease season and CDC recommends getting a flu vaccine, taking everyday preventive actions to help stop the spread of germs, including washing your hands and staying home from work or school if you’re sick.
    • If you are a close contact of someone with COVID-19 and develop symptoms of COVID-19, call your healthcare provider and tell them about your symptoms and your exposure.
  • If you are a resident in a community where person-to-person spread of COVID-19 has been detected and you develop COVID-19 symptoms, call your healthcare provider and tell them about your symptoms.
  • For people who are ill with COVID-19, but are not sick enough to be hospitalized, please follow CDC guidance on how to reduce the risk of spreading your illness to others. People who are mildly ill with COVID-19 are able to isolate at home during their illness.
  • If you have been in China or another affected area or have been exposed to someone sick with COVID-19 in the last 14 days, you will face some limitations on your movement and activity for up to 14 days. Please follow instructions during this time.

AABB Check list for Blood Suppliers:

This Pandemic Checklist has been published by AABB to assist you with navigating your way through this time of concern.

Government Resources

 

SCABB 2020 Schedule of Events

January 13         Registration Opens for
                           ENGAGE SCABB Annual Meeting & Exhibit Show

January 20         Registration Opens for Serology Wet Lab | Orlando

March 4             Florida Regional Symposium | Orlando | Earn 7 FL CE Broker
                          & PACE Credits
                          

April 18/19       PASS Blood Bank Exam Review | Indianapolis, IN
                         Virtual Registration

June 5              Sol Haberman Award Scholarship Application Deadline 
                           Winners Present in Orlando

June 5              Call for Abstracts deadline

June 5              Call for Award Nominations Deadline |
                          Recognizing those Donors that go Above & Beyond

Aug 6               Cut Off Date for Discounted Hotel Room Rate at
                         Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress for SCABB Annual Meeting &
                         Exhibit Show

Aug 27             Serology Wet Lab Summary Session | Orlando | Live &
                        Virtual Registration

Aug 27-29      ENGAGE SCABB Annual Meeting & Exhibit Show