Asymptomatic Blood Donors Have Zika Virus

As the Zika flavivirus (ZIKV) has spread throughout the Western Hemisphere, reports of severe side effects such as Guillain-Barre syndrome, acute neurological infections, and microcephaly have proliferated. Although the virus is usually transmitted by Aedes mosquitoes, reports of sexual, maternal-fetal, and transfusion-transmission have also been documented. In order to gain a better understanding of the infection in blood donors, researchers in Martinique—an island in the French West Indies of the Caribbean—screened 4129 blood donations during the Zika outbreak in 2016 using nucleic acid testing. Over six months, 1.8% (n=76) of the blood donations were positive for ZIKV, with a peak of 3% near the end of the study.

http://transfusionnews.com/2017/01/19/asymptomatic-blood-donors-have-zika-virus/

Protocol

Anemia Treatment and Erythropoietin therapy Guidelines

Protocol based on scientific evidence for the non-transfusional treatment of anemia through the appropriate use of iron and erythropoietin.

Welcome to Bloodless

Background:

Blood transfusions are currently one of the most performed medical procedures in the world. However, the medical literature shows a relationship between the use of allogeneic (donated) blood and greater complications, including, greater mortality. Worldwide, there is a deficiency in medical knowledge about transfusion practice.

Objectives:

1. To change the current transfusion practice, through the application of scientifically safe and effective PROTOCOLS for the TREATMENT OF ANEMIA and MANAGEMENT OF BLEEDING without the use of allogeneic blood, based on the scientific evidence of modern medicine.

2. Help blood banks SAVE their main HEMOCOMPONENTS (red blood cells, plasma and platelets)