ASFA Releases Updated Practice Guidelines for Therapeutic Apheresis
The Special Issue Writing Committee of the American Society for Apheresis (ASFA) updated indications for evidence-based use of therapeutic apheresis (TA). The Guidelines on the Use of Therapeutic Apheresis in Clinical Practice – Evidence-Based Approach from the Writing Committee of the American Society for Apheresis: The Eighth Special Issue contains fact sheets summarizing the evidence for the use of TA for 84 relevant diseases and medical conditions.
Fact sheets related to blood and marrow transplantation included in these guidelines include graft-versus-host disease (GVHD), ABO-incompatible hematopoietic stem cell transplantation, and HLA-desensitized hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. Given the wide range of TA performed by apheresis facilities, review of all fact sheets is worthwhile.
Padmanabhan, A, Connelly‐Smith, L, Aqui, N, et al. Guidelines on the Use of Therapeutic Apheresis in Clinical Practice – Evidence‐Based Approach from the Writing Committee of the American Society for Apheresis: The Eighth Special Issue. J Clin Apher. 2019; 34: 171– 354. https://doi.org/10.1002/jca.21705