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Patients with red cell antibodies: registries improve patient care by increasing patient safety, reducing costs, and enabling health information exchange

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Key words: health informatics, electronic health record, personally identifiable information, immunohematology, transfusion
Publication Date: 2024-03-15

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Some countries or regions have registries for sharing data of patients with a history of red cell antibodies, usually on a voluntary basis. Most countries, however, lack a comprehensive national database. The need used to be pressing for patients with antibodies to rare antigens, when only one individual or less among 1,000 donors has compatible blood, and the patients themselves were in the past the main pool for potential donors1. This donor pool became restricted by more stringent donor criteria and has mostly been replaced by efficient red cell genotyping among healthy donors without antibodies2,3,4. [ ... ]

 

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Willy A. Flegel - Department of Transfusion Medicine, NIH Clinical Center, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD, United States of America; Department of Pathology, Georgetown University Medical Center, Washington, DC, United States of America https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1631-7198

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