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2014 Annual Meeting Highlights

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Welcome to the online edition of Annual Meeting News, a comprehensive source of information for the 2014 AABB Annual Meeting.

“Passing of the Gavel”

AABB’s closing reception featured speeches by AABB leadership and a performance by local musicians, “Rheel Menn.”

Serologic Challenges in Perinatal Management

This session used case studies to describe the challenges in managing pregnancies where rare antibodies are identified.

Members Ratify Bylaws Changes and Welcome New Board Members at the Annual Membership Business Meeting

Attendees heard from AABB leadership and learned the results of the 2014-2015 AABB Board of Directors Election.

Technology Solutions for Blood Bank Technologists

The speakers in this session described a comprehensive approach to meeting the challenge of upgrading or changing regulated software.

US Tops Other Countries in Sickle Cell Alloimmunization Rates

Patients with sickle cell disease (SCD) in the US appear to have a significantly higher rate of alloimmunization compared to patients in South America, the Middle East, Africa and Europe, according to a meta-analysis presented during an abstract session at this year’s Annual Meeting.

The Year of the Cell-Fie: CT Section Holds Its Annual Business Meeting

The attendance at the Cellular Therapies (CT) Section Business Meeting reflected the interest and growth in CT. Members gathered to greet “old” colleagues and meet new ones.

Anaheim: Preview 2015

Ready for a visit to the West Coast? Anaheim will provide a Mediterranean climate—for the AABB Annual Meeting October 24-27, that means daily highs averaging 82 F (28 C) with lows around 58 F (14 C).

Ebola and Transfusion Medicine

AABB added a hot topic session on Ebola and transfusion medicine to the Annual Meeting educational program.

R U Really Certain?

Attendees typically learn many new things at the Annual Meeting. This year some folks explored the finer points of measurement uncertainty.

Workshop Highlights Key Elements of a PBM Program — Part 2

Attendees at the patient blood management (PBM) workshop, Better Care and Better Patient Outcomes, heard presentations on multiple research and educational topics. The first six presentations are described in a separate article. The second five presentations are discussed here.

Surveillance Shows No Evidence of Transfusion-Transmitted Classic Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease in the US

Data presented during the Transfusion-Transmitted Infectious Diseases oral abstract session show that in 20 years of surveillance, there have been no cases of transfusion-related transmission of fatal neurodegenerative disorder Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease in the US. 

Opening Session Moves and Inspires

The opening session featured awards, accolades and heartfelt remarks from AABB leaders, and featured motivational speaker Pat Croce.

Workshop Highlights Key Elements of a PBM Program – Part 1

The 2014 patient blood management workshop was geared toward attendees who have embraced PBM concepts and are ready to focus on the business side.

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