The use of cesium chloride in blood irradiators creates safety and security risks, according to Department of Energy officials. A federal panel is encouraging hospitals and blood banks to replace the devices and is providing incentives to expedite the process. Multiple irradiation devices are needed and they can be hard to obtain, said Innovative Blood Resources Vice President Dr. Jed Gorlin. A report from AABB found that "inadequate availability of irradiation capability in hospitals and blood centers would have a dramatic impact on the standard of care that is provided to the most seriously ill patients."

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