Reducing Noise in the Blood Bank with GX Solutions

Posted on Jun 30, 2020 by Colleen Holtkamp

Blood banks can be noisy environments. With constant background noise from various pieces of equipment, plus different alarm tones and pagers activating inside the laboratory, the sound level can create challenges for staff. 

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Donations Needed to Support the U.S. Blood Supply

Posted on Jun 18, 2020 by Colleen Holtkamp

During the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, the blood supply dropped to a critical level. At that time, the blood community issued public statements encouraging eligible individuals to donate. Thanks to a strong response from the public, the blood supply was replenished...

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Medical-grade Refrigerators: What Makes Them Different?

Posted on Jun 16, 2020 by Miranda Schroeder

Healthcare facilities are under increased pressure to ensure consistent and reliable refrigeration for the storage of temperature sensitive medications, vaccines, reagents, and patient samples. There are significant implications when a refrigerator used for clinical...

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How to Select a System for Thawing Convalescent Plasma

Posted on Jun 04, 2020 by Colleen Holtkamp

COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma, or CCP, is being transfused as an investigational therapy for patients fighting the novel coronavirus. While its efficacy has not yet been determined, a small study recently indicated it is showing promise as a treatment option.

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Helmer Scientific Blood Bank Refrigerators & Pro Line Platelet Storage Achieve AABB SCoPE Recognition

Posted on May 29, 2020 by Colleen Holtkamp

In 2019 AABB launched the Standards-Compliant Product Evaluation (SCoPE) Program for vendors that serve the transfusion medicine community. The program was developed to recognize suppliers that demonstrate compliance with AABB Standards.

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How to Select a Freezer for Convalescent Plasma Storage

Posted on May 22, 2020 by Colleen Holtkamp

COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma, or CCP, is being transfused as an investigational therapy for patients battling the novel coronavirus. Convalescent plasma plays a critical role in offering hope to these patients. For blood centers and hospitals, the ability to store CCP within...

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AABB Launches Website to Inform Public About Convalescent Plasma

Posted on May 14, 2020 by Colleen Holtkamp

AABB has launched a website to serve as a resource for the public, clinicians, and blood collection facilities. It provides information on COVID-19 convalescent plasma (CCP). The new site,, connects individuals who have recovered from COVID-19 to...

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Expanded Access Program Providing Convalescent Plasma to COVID-19 Patients

Posted on Apr 28, 2020 by Colleen Holtkamp

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is encouraging those who have recovered from COVID-19 to donate plasma. These donations contain antibodies to the virus that may help patients fighting the disease. While there is no approved treatment for COVID-19, convalescent...

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Convalescent Plasma Offers Hope as a Treatment for COVID-19

Posted on Apr 14, 2020 by Colleen Holtkamp

Donated plasma from patients who have recovered from COVID-19 may be able to help those fighting the infection. Plasma from those who have been infected and subsequently recovered contains antibodies to the virus. This type of plasma is now known as COVID-19 Convalescent...

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Multiple Countries Experience Blood Shortages Due to COVID-19

Posted on Apr 02, 2020 by Colleen Holtkamp

Headlines such as “China's blood donations dry up as coronavirus outbreak quells giving” illustrate the alarming potential of a pandemic to negatively impact the global blood supply. News stories continue to highlight the challenges to the blood supply presented by COVID-19....

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