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In Brief: Blood product bacteria contamination

This article was originally published in The Gray Sheet

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Blood product bacteria contamination: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention plans to "initiate a prospective study to determine the rates of bacteria-associated transfusion reactions from whole blood" and blood products, CDC says in its June 20 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Results of the study, to begin in late summer, will be used to develop a program for clinician education, "determine microbiologic safety of the U.S. blood supply, and attempt to identify methods to improve donor screening to reduce or eliminate bacterially contaminated blood products." The CDC report focuses on blood product contamination with Yersina enterocolitica bacteria; the agency has received 10 reports of sepsis caused by patient receipt of blood products tainted with the bacterium between 1991 and 1996...
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