Recipient Epidemiology and Donor Evaluation Study REDS-IV-Pediatric

The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) of the National Institutes of Health has launched a seven-year multicenter research program to extend a highly successful program assessing blood banking (blood collection, screening, and processing strategies) and transfusion medicine practices. Research conducted both in the U.S. and Brazil under the Recipient Epidemiology and Donor Evaluation Study-IV-Pediatric (REDS-IV-P) will focus on evaluating and improving the safety and availability of the blood supply as well as the safety and effectiveness of transfusion therapies with attention to not only adults, but also neonates and children who need transfusion.

Improving blood component safety and availability in the United States and internationally through the conduct of epidemiologic, survey, and laboratory studies is the cornerstone of the REDS program which began in 1989.