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

n Red Cross and provide a strong rationale for recruitment of young donors."

The study also found that regional blood centers using Fenwal's ALYX(R) automated collection system reported a lower rate of adverse reactions than centers using a competitive device. The authors describe this finding as hypothesis-generating given limitations of the study's design such as variations in regional blood-center reporting, and recommend further study.

"This study is unique in the size of the data set, which includes more than 4.5 million blood donations," said Hiroshi Uchida, chief technology officer for Fenwal, Inc. "The findings should give blood centers and donors confidence in the safety, effectiveness and value of automated blood collection, especially for young donors, as well as the exceptional performance of Fenwal's technology."

The authors of the study explain that two-unit red cell collections via automation offer several advantages, including better inventory management of needed blood types and more consistent and controlled component quality. Consequently, blood centers are increasingly recruiting donors for two-unit red cell collections and more procedures are being performed at high school and college blood drives.

About Fenwal

Fenwal Inc. is a global medical technology company focused on improving blood collection, separation, safety and availability for patient care. Fenwal became an independent company in 2007, but its roots go back to 1949 with the founding of Fenwal Laboratories. Fenwal developed the first flexible, disposable container for blood collection, eliminating complications associated with glass containers and allowing blood to be separated into therapeutic components. Today, the company's products and advanced collection and separation technologies are used throughout the world to help ensure a safe and available supply of lifesaving blood and blood produ
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