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March 16, 1994

Blood Banking Not What It Used to Be, Experts Say

JAMA. 1994;271(11):809-811. doi:10.1001/jama.1994.03510350009004

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IN THE WORDS of one speaker at the American Association of Blood Banks conference, Transfusion Medicine: Update 1994, held in Seattle, Wash, "Blood banking has changed. We are no longer the blood bankers we used to be."

Merlin Sayers, MD, PhD, director, Transfusion Surveillance, Puget Sound Blood Center, Seattle, who provided an update on hepatitis virology, cited his own topic as an example of how different the conference program is compared with the topics that concerned blood bankers 10 or more years ago.

Indeed, a major part of the 2-day conference included sessions on tissue banking, extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, transfusion-associated graft-vs-host disease, blood conservation during surgery, and red blood cell substitutes, as well as more traditional areas of interest to blood bankers.

Based on reports presented at the update of promising new technologies for reducing or eliminating the need for blood transfusions, even greater changes appear to lie ahead.


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