Blood Collectors Week: Dallas Police Ambush


Thoughts on the 7/7/2016 Dallas Police Ambush…. The first casualties arrived unannounced by the usual Trauma Activation Response Team (TART) pager. The officers drove their own to our medical center in a squad car on its rims with bullet-ridden doors.

Blood Collectors Week: Staying Until the Last Donor Donates

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As news spread about the Orlando tragedy, OneBlood team members across our service area immediately responded to ensure blood was available when and where it was needed. It was all hands on deck and remained that way for days following the tragedy…

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…


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


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


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


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


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.

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