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  • Yokota blood program invites AF inspection team

    The Transfusion Services department of the 374th Medical Group invited an Air Force-level inspection team to evaluate the blood bank program, Jan. 24. The Food and Drug Administration and College of American Pathologists routinely inspect the program for full compliance and quality assurance, but this year, Capt. Jenifer Mouser, 374th Medical Support Squadron Clinical Laboratory flight commander, sought out an additional review from the Air Force inspection team.
  • Medical Airmen, volunteers keep blood supply flowing

    Al Udeid Air Base’s Blood Transshipment Center is a one of a kind place. While it is the only blood transshipment center in U.S. Central Command’s area of responsibility, it also houses one of the few missions on base that regularly uses volunteers from other career fields.
  • First cold storage platelet unit collected in Southwest Asia

    The apheresis collection team stationed in Southwest Asia collected their first cold storage platelet, or CSP, unit Aug. 16 for shipment. Requirements for CSP are less rigorous than room temperature platelets, allowing the Armed Services Blood Program to expand its mission and provide platelets to areas they were previously unable to reach.
  • ‘A blood transfusion saved my life’

    "I do understand that it is a scary process for a lot of people to actually sit in that chair, have a needle put in and feel like a part of you is draining out, but you have to understand that it just takes a small part of you to make a whole of someone else," said 1st Lt. Fanita Schmidt, who credits a blood transfusion she had as a child to saving her life.
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