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Recent News Articles

Timeline illustrates why it’s critical to have blood on the shelves before disaster strikes, especially during the holidays when blood donations decline
December 14, 2017

It’s a common response following natural disasters, mass casualties and other tragedies: The need for blood spurs donors to line up at blood centers across the country.

But what’s required to get those donations to patients who need them?

The answers are in a new infographic and accompanying video produced by BioBridge Global, the parent organization of the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center (STBTC).

“Donor to Patient: 24 Hours to Save a Life” demonstrates the process from the donation, when about a pint is collected from a donor, through processing, testing and delivery for transfusion. As the title implies, the process from donation to availability for patients takes about 24 hours.

August 1, 2017

By Meaghan Flores

There is a possibility that the Zika virus could be more widespread in Africa than previously thought, a major concern to researchers around the world because of the potential for another outbreak.

The 2015 Zika outbreak emerged in Brazil, but knowledge of the virus dates back the 1940s, when it was first discovered in Uganda, Tanzania, and Nigeria. Since then the disease has spread across the world. By February 2016, the virus had spread rapidly across the Americas, with more than 20 countries reporting local transmission.

Zika has proven to be more complex than originally thought, as some of the trends and abnormalities seen in the outbreak of the virus in the Americas have not been the same as in Africa. This could be because there are two separate linkages of the virus, one originating in Africa and the other in Asia, or because health care systems in Africa are poor and aren’t detecting the virus well.

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.

May 9, 2017

Recent research about tests for the Zika virus have shown an active infection is harder to detect than originally thought.

As a result, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a new health advisory for women of childbearing age.

The CDC is suggesting that women who may be exposed to the virus because of where they live or where they travel should consider getting a blood test for the Zika antibodies before they get pregnant.

A baseline reading could help with the interpretation of a Zika test during a pregnancy.

The CDC also suggested that pregnant women who may be infected, even if they do not have any symptoms, should be tested at least twice during pregnancy.

April 18, 2017

When it comes to fighting mosquitoes – and especially the Aedes aegypti, which can carry the Zika virus – just about everyone has an opportunity to contribute in 2017. Among them:

Construction workers

A recent report in the Miami Herald said the local outbreak of Zika in Miami Beach was traced back to standing water at a construction site in the city.

Builders of both commercial projects and homes should be on guard for standing water, even in small amounts, at job sites. Inspectors in Miami found hordes of mosquitoes flying around puddles on each of five floors of an unfinished building recently.

Before buildings become weather-tight, workers and their supervisors need to watch for water from rain or plumbing work and make sure the water is not allowed to stand.

Homeowners

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