June 2, 2017

Lorena Aranda, director of the QualTex Immunohematology Reference Laboratory (IRL), presented on HLA antibody screening at the South Central Association of Blood Banks (SCABB) in Orlando, Florida.

Her on Friday, May 26, titled “HLA Antibody Screen- Retrospective Review,” it includes what we know about TRALI, and how requirements from AABB committee members can help those patients receiving transfusion in the future to be safe.

“We are trying to decrease patients from possible transfusion reactions,” Aranda says. “When a patient needs blood, we are providing them blood products and some in rare instances are having transfusion reactions – versus no reactions and improving their health”

Human leukocyte antigens (HLA) are found on platelets, white blood cells, immature red blood cells and nucleated cells. Before a patient gets a transfusion, testing must be performed to determine if the donor blood is compatible with the patient.