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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


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.

Rh and K Matching for Future Mommas, What’s Up With That?

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Are you in support of or against Rh and K matching for future mothers?

Use of Historic Antigen Types To Label Red Blood Cell Units

The 29th edition of BB/TS Standards allows for the use of historic antigen results for the labeling of RBCs. The question is how to manage/document the process?

ABC’s October Blood Bulletin features Patient Blood Management

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Blood component utilization has evolved rapidly in recent years as a result of demands for safer, more effective, and less costly treatments with the goal to improve patient outcomes.

The Winning Combination

By:  Stephanie Babin  If you missed the 2013 President’s Reception and Awards Banquet, you truly missed a fantastic evening!  Held at The Old Governor’s Mansion in Baton Rouge, the night was filled with great music, even better food and of course….Awards!  The highlight of the evening for me was being able to recognize all nine […]

FDA Issues Malaria Guidance August 2013

The FDA recently finalized its Guidance for Industry-Recommendations for Donor Questioning, Deferral, Reentry and Product Management to Reduce the Risk of Transfusion-Transmitted Malaria. How will this impact your operation?

Editor’s Blog: Blood Center Disaster Planning at the Forefront

April 26, 2013 From ABC Newsletter  Boston and Texas Explosions Highlight Value of Blood Center Disaster Planning Last week brought two unexpected and tragic disasters – the bombing at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, followed later in the week by a massive explosion at a fertilizer plant north of Waco, in West Texas. […]

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