The Division of Transfusion Medicine, under the direction of Dr. Scott Scrape, continues to provide outstanding service to our patients in the areas of blood banking, perioperative autologous transfusion and apheresis activities. In addition to Dr. Scrape, faculty members who support this division include Drs. Leona Ayers, Melanie Kennedy, JoAnna Williams and Haifeng Wu. Dr. Kennedy retired as director of the division June 30, 2010 and Dr. Scrape, who trained in Pathology and Transfusion Medicine/Blood Banking at the University of Arkansas, is now the director.
Dr. Scrape continues his work in Transfusion Medicine and cellular therapy, authoring a chapter on cellular therapy in the next edition of Harmening’s Modern Blood Banking and Transfusion Practices. He took over supervision the quality programs of the Transfusion and Apheresis Services, resulting in improved quality of stem cell products for the bone marrow transplant program and reduction in errors in the Transfusion Service. He continues teaching residents, fellows and medical students. Dr. Kennedy continues her work and clinical support in hemolytic disease of the fetus and newborn, authoring and revising a chapter in the Technical Manual for the American Associate of Blood Banks and authoring and revising chapters on transfusion therapy, hemolytic disease of the newborn and cellular therapy in the next edition of Harmening’s Modern Blood Banking and Transfusion Practices Dr. Wu continues his randomized clinical trials of Apheresis and medical treatment of TTP in cooperation with others in the Division and in clinical Hematology. Dr. Ayers continues her research in AIDS related malignancies in collaboration with colleagues in Africa.
Dr. Scrape chaired the multidisciplinary Transfusion Committee which has addressed quality improvement efforts in the Medical Center, including verbal order documentation for blood transfusion in surgery, mislabeled blood specimens, blood wastage and the appropriate use of blood components. Dr. Scrape has also been instrumental in developing hospital protocols related massive transfusion, patient education and improving the quality of patient care.