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Fenwal to Host Webinar on the Safety of 2-Unit Red Cell Collections From Young Donors
Date:6/23/2009

Published study shows young donors experience a lower rate of adverse reactions on automated 2-unit red cell collection systems

LAKE ZURICH, Ill., June 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Fenwal Inc. announced today it is hosting a live, online lecture by Richard J. Benjamin, M.D., Ph.D., chief medical officer of the American Red Cross, who will review the published study, "The relative safety of automated two-unit red cell procedures and manual whole blood collection in young donors." Dr. Benjamin is the lead author of this study, which will appear this fall in the peer-reviewed journal Transfusion. An advance copy is available from the journal's website at www3.interscience.wiley.com/journal/122457574/abstract or from Fenwal's website at www.fenwalinc.com.

The webinar will take place Monday, June 29, at noon Eastern Time. Participants must register for this free event at www.fenwalinc.com. A replay of the webinar will be available within 24 hours following the meeting. This webinar is a professional development opportunity for blood center professionals.

The study evaluated 4.35 million whole blood donations and more than 200,000 two-unit red cell collections at 26 regional American Red Cross blood centers. According to the study, two-unit red cell collections, as currently performed by the American Red Cross, are associated with a lower rate of immediate adverse reactions in young donors and have a comparable safety profile in older donors.

Adverse reactions occurred infrequently and of these, more than 96% were minor in severity. The authors state that "Overall, our data support the general safety of 2RBC procedures with the donor selection criteria in place in the America
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