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July 19, 2021

A survey of US hospitals on platelet inventory management, transfusion practice, and platelet availability

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December 21, 2020

Kolins and Herron, Jr. – “On bowling alone and donor recruitment: lessons to be learned”

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December 18, 2020

Christopher R. France, Janis L. France – “Preference for whole blood versus plasma donation among university students”

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December 3, 2020

Toby L. Simon – Where have all the donors gone? A personal reflection on the crisis in America’s volunteer blood program

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November 25, 2020

Pampee P. Young, Jan Ehrhart, David Mair – “Rural hospitals and access to platelets for treating active bleeding: Is the heartland bleeding?”

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Plasma Collection Industry: Lessons Learned from a Paid Donor System

Plasma Collection Industry: Lessons Learned from a Paid Donor System Blood plasma fractionation is a biopharmaceutical manufacturing process in which plasma components are isolated and …

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Compensated and Volunteer Blood Donor Models: A Harmonious and Complementary Collections Strategy

Compensated and Volunteer Blood Donor Models: A Harmonious and Complementary Collections Strategy A point of consideration regarding the strategy of compensated blood donation is the …

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“The Gift Relationship” by Richard Titmuss: Return This Gift to Sender

The Gift Relationship by Richard Titmuss:  Return This Gift to Sender  The Wall Street Journal reported recently that the U.S. blood supply has dropped to “critically …

Is Paid Blood Donation Safe

Perspectives on Paid Blood Donation Ethical and safety concerns have historically led to a societal reliance on volunteer blood donations. However, the fragility of the …

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Single-Sourced Blood Supply: Pros and Cons

Platelet components present the biggest challenge around inventory management in the complex supply chain for blood components in the US. Here we will explore the …

COVID-19 Highlights Need for More Dependable Platelet Supply

The COVID-19 pandemic has had an unprecedented impact on healthcare globally. In addition to the general resource scarcity of personal protective equipment and other items, …

US Platelet Supply and Demand

Blood shortages generally occur in the summer months or holidays when donor volumes recede. In this post, we will examine the shrinking volunteer blood donor …

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How We Source Platelets Today, and How This Can Be Done Better Tomorrow

The Secure Transfusion Services, Inc (STS) mission is to improve patient outcomes by improving the availability of platelets by augmenting the supply chain to hospitals.  …

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Federal mandates may constrain platelet availability even more4,9

The safety of platelet transfusions is critical, and recent US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) mandates on bacterial risk mitigation require platelet collections to undergo proactive safety protocols, such as large volume delayed sampling or pathogen reduction. Platelet volume loss due to methods such as these may further erode the platelet supply.4,9