BLOOD CENTERS OF AMERICA JOINS COUNCIL FOR DIABETES PREVENTION

West Warwick, RI, October 7, 2016– Blood Centers of America is pleased to announce its membership in the recently formed Council for Diabetes Prevention to support the delivery of the Centers of Disease Control National Diabetes Prevention Program.
“BCA and its members are uniquely positioned to deploy the National Diabetes Prevention Program by leveraging our diverse footprint, mobility and our long standing trust in the communities we serve. This provides us an additional opportunity to better serve and support our donor population as well as the communities that have established many of our blood centers.”
-Bill Block, President/CEO Blood Centers of America
The Council for Diabetes Prevention brings together industry stakeholders to increase access to the National Diabetes Prevention Program, promote high-quality standards, and support the long-term scalability and sustainability of this unique patient-centric, community-based program.
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San Diego Blood Bank and the National Blood Collaborative receive Sub-award to support the U.S. Precision Medicine Initiative Cohort Program

SAN DIEGO, CA – October 3, 2016 – As part of the most ambitious medical research program
in the history of American medicine, the San Diego Blood Bank (SDBB) and the National Blood
Collaborative (NBC) have received a sub-award for their role in enrolling participant-volunteers
into the national Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI) Cohort Program.

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Martin Landon Named CEO of BioBridge Global

SAN ANTONIO – Longtime biomedical industry executive Martin Landon has been named chief executive officer of BioBridge Global (BBG), the nonprofit organization that oversees and supports the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center (STBTC), QualTex Laboratories, GenCure and The Blood & Tissue Center Foundation. The announcement was made today by BBG Board Chair Mike Kreager. Click Here for more

IPFA /BCA 3rd Global Symposium on The Future for Blood and Plasma Donations 11 – 12 September 2017 | Atlanta, GA, USA

The International Plasma Fractionation Association (IPFA) and Blood Centers of America (BCA) are pleased to announce the 3rd Global Symposium on the Future for Blood and Plasma Donations. This Symposium will build on the success of the 2014 and 2015 meetings, which highlighted the increasing global need for plasma derived medicinal products and identified opportunities for Blood Centers to contribute to this need. Each meeting attracted about 180 delegates from throughout the USA and other countries. We have received excellent feedback from delegates to these meetings.

Key issues
This third Symposium will continue to develop the theme of plasma supply. Hosted by Blood Assurance, a non-profit, full-service regional blood center serving 51 counties and more than 70 health care facilities in Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, North Carolina and Virginia, a comprehensive range of topics will be addressed including:
• Clinical developments in plasma product use
• Plasma supply – optimizing plasma collection and economics
• Donor recruitment
• Industry developments in support of blood establishments
• Keeping donors and plasma safe
• Regulatory issues
• Quality management of plasma

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San Diego Blood Bank and BloodCenter of Wisconsin form new cellular therapy partnership

Combining their expertise in clinical trials support and cellular therapies, BloodCenter of Wisconsin (BCW) and the San Diego Blood Bank (SDBB) have created a strategic partnership to accelerate advancements in research and patient care. Together, BloodCenter of Wisconsin and San Diego Blood Bank will offer Celluvative™ – a portfolio of products and clinical trial services that will include esoteric laboratory testing, blood products for research and manufacturing applications, cell processing, and access to a broad database of diverse donors who have expressed interest in clinical trials.
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BCA mentioned in National Geographic

Can We Keep Zika Out of the US Blood Supply?

If Zika virus comes to the United States, will the US blood supply be at risk?

Because the disease has demonstrated that it can pass via blood from mother to fetus, and via other bodily fluids between sexual partners, the question lurks in the back of most discussions of Zika’s likely arrival on the US mainland. And because there is not now a test for donated blood, keeping the virus out of the blood supply relies on people adhering to restrictions published by the Food and Drug Administration that ask travelers to defer donating for a period of time—an imprecise deterrent, but currently as good as it gets. Read more

ARC, BCA, and ABC providing blood products to Puerto Rico

March 7, 2016

The American Red Cross, Blood Centers of America, and America’s Blood Centers, issued the following joint statement regarding the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announcement of blood product shipments to Puerto Rico in response to the Zika virus outbreak on the island:
“Through the support of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the American Red Cross, Blood Centers of America, and America’s Blood Centers are providing additional shipments of blood products from the continental United States to Puerto Rico to ensure the safety and availability of the blood supply for the island during an outbreak of Zika virus. On the mainland, there is currently no local transmission of Zika from mosquitoes.
The Red Cross, Blood Centers of America, and America’s Blood Centers have adequate inventory to meet the needs in Puerto Rico as well as the needs of our hospital partners in the continental U.S. Blood is routinely provided where it’s needed most across the country.
Within the coming week, the Red Cross and members of Blood Centers of America and America’s Blood Centers will have completed implementation of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s guidance to reduce the risk of transfusion-transmission of Zika virus. This guidance is in addition to previously applied recommendations of AABB, which asked blood donors who have traveled to Mexico, the Caribbean, or Central or South America to refrain from donating, or postpone their blood or platelet donations until four weeks after their return to the continental U.S. We also ask that if a donor does donate and subsequently develops symptoms consistent with Zika virus infection within two weeks of that donation, that he or she immediately notify that blood center so that we can quarantine the product.
Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood, and that need can only be met through the generosity of volunteer donors. Eligible individuals are always encouraged to give blood or platelets. Visit redcrossblood.org or americasblood.org to make an appointment to donate.”

The Blood Connection Provides New Service

 

For Greenville’s Shriners Hospitals for Children

Piedmont, SC (March 7, 2016) – The Blood Connection and Shriners Hospitals for Children—Greenville have announced a new service partnership. Before a patient receives a life-saving blood transfusion, a routine series of laboratory tests determine patient and donor compatibility. Previously, Greenville Shriners Hospital, like many hospitals, performed these tests on-site and used TBC’s Immunohematology Reference Laboratory for research as needed to resolve incompatibilities. Now, all transfusion services for the hospital will be performed by TBC’s Reference Laboratory.

“Last summer, we began working with TBC on a plan to support the hospital’s transfusion needs,” said Administrator Randy Romberger. “TBC has long been our supplier of blood products and we realized it made sense to access the vast testing and reference resources offered through its Biologics Processing Center. Combining these services will give us new efficiencies that support and enhance our high standard of patient care.”

Each time a patient needs a blood transfusion, a series of standard tests decreases the risk of a transfusion reaction. Blood typing is the first step and this determines whether a patient has A, AB, B or O-type blood.  This is followed by another test that determines a patient’s Rh type, either negative or positive, so that a compatible donation from a blood donor can be selected. Cross matching is the final step, where a sample of a donor’s blood is combined with a patient’s blood and observed for compatibility.

 “TBC has always served as the supplier for blood products at Shriners Hospitals for Children, but compatibility testing was performed by hospital staff,” said TBC President and CEO Delisa English. “This is the first time TBC has partnered with a hospital to provide all of these transfusion services and it’s a natural progression of services. We’re pleased to be able to provide this biomedical solution.”

About The Blood Connection

Founded in 1979 in Greenville, SC, The Blood Connection (TBC) is the largest independently managed, non-profit community blood center in the region. It recruits donors and collects blood within an 8,390 square mile area of South Carolina, Georgia and North Carolina. In South Carolina, TBC supports Greenville, Spartanburg, Union, Pickens, Oconee, Greenwood, McCormick, Laurens, and Newberry Counties.  In Georgia, TBC supports Stephens County.  In 2011, The Blood Connection expanded into Western North Carolina and now serves Polk, Buncombe, Transylvania, McDowell, Macon and Henderson Counties.

Licensed and regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, TBC collects blood from donors through bloodmobiles, portable field units, and fixed donation sites. It holds approximately twelve blood drives every day and collects over 120,000 units of blood, platelets and plasma each year to connect volunteer blood donors, hospitals, and patients needing life-saving transfusions. For more information, visit thebloodconnection.org.

About Shriners Hospitals for Children—Greenville

Shriners Hospitals for Children – Greenville provides specialty orthopedic care and services, regardless of ability to pay. Children up to age 18 are eligible for care at Shriners Hospitals for Children if, in the opinion of our physicians, there is a reasonable possibility the child can benefit from the specialized services available. Acceptance is based solely on a child’s medical needs. For more information, visit www.GreenvilleShrinersHospital.org.