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BloodSource(R) Launches BloodSmart(R) App Now Available Through Apple App Store

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Sept. 5, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- BloodSource® recently announced the launch of the BloodSmart® Transfusion Guidelines App, available free of charge, for the iPhone. The app is designed to assist physicians, healthcare professionals and medical students practicing in any department involved in the treatment of adult patients with possible transfusion needs.

"The BloodSmart® Transfusion Guidelines App combines essential clinical detail to assist in managing patient needs before, during and after a transfusion," says Wendy Knowles, BloodSource Vice President and Transfusion Safety Officer. "This dynamic app is another resource from the BloodSmart® blood management program to help hospitals educate their medical staff on best practices."

The BloodSmart® Transfusion Guidelines App is available for download through the Apple App Store.

Features of the app include:

• Transfusion Guidelines: These guidelines are meant to serve as a foundational basis for determining whether or not to transfuse a patient. Guidelines for transfusion are provided for Red Blood Cells (RBC), Apheresis Platelets, Plasma, Cryoprecipitate and specialty products including washed RBCs and Albumin-Resuspended Platelets.

• Transfusion Reactions: This material provides guidance on the recognition, investigation and management of acute adverse reactions to blood components.

• Informed Consent and Patient Education: This material addresses the process of informed consent and patient education required prior to the administration of blood products in non-emergent settings.

Additional app features include tabs and multifunctional pages to support user navigation. For more information, please email bloodsmart@bloodsource.org or call 866.640.8852.

About BloodSmart®: BloodSmart is a comprehensive, transfusion management program offering personal consultation and web-based tools. Developed by California-based BloodSource, a leading not-for-profit blood center, BloodSmart offers hospitals a tailored, hands-on program created and provided by the BloodSource medical team with decades of transfusion medicine experience. Donors must bring a photo ID and drink plenty of fluids before donating. Potential marrow donors can register for Be The Match® national marrow registry through BloodSource. Schedule an appointment or learn more at 866.822.5663 or bloodsource.org.

CONTACT: Alexander Sigua 916.453.3677 | 916.220.1984 (cell) alexander.sigua@bloodsource.org bloodsource.org

Source: BloodSource