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Pre-Meeting Workshops

Plan to arrive in Boston early and jump-start your meeting with a pre-meeting workshop. These one-day, intensive workshops are designed to provide a thorough understanding of relevant and current topics.


AABB-THOR Joint Working Group Hemorrhagic Shock Resuscitation Workshop
Friday, October 12 | 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

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The objective of this workshop is to review current transfusion principles of hemostatic resuscitation for patients with hemorrhagic shock.

  • Topics covered during the workshop include recent experience with whole blood and other blood products in the prehospital phase of resuscitation for severe bleeding.
  • There will be debates regarding the clinical relevance of a newly described phenomenon of fibrinolytic shutdown and the use of plasma as a volume expander in shock states.
  • Advances in platelet storage technology and methods will be presented that have the potential to improve outcomes for patients with severe bleeding. There will also be presentations on the use of damage control resuscitation techniques for obstetric and pediatric severe bleeding, as well as the current state of the science of oxygen carriers and a discussion of the benefits and limitations of fibrinogen concentrates and pathogen reduced cryoprecipitate products.

State of the Research Symposium on TACO, TRALI, and TAD
Friday, October 12 | 8:30 am - 5:30 pm

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A thorough understanding of Transfusion-Associated Circulatory Overload (TACO), Transfusion-Related Acute Lung Injury (TRALI), and Transfusion Associated Dyspnea (TAD) is paramount in the recognition, evaluation and differentiation of these reactions for hemotherapy surveillance, clinical and research purposes. This one-day event will provide the opportunity to review and expand our knowledge and understanding of these adverse pulmonary transfusion reactions especially with regard to their etiopathogenesis, early recognition guidance, and hemovigilance mitigation efforts/practices through evidence-based research conducted by international investigators focused on enhancing transfusion safety.


  • Review evidence-based research regarding the etiopathogenesis, early recognition, management/mitigation guidance, and hemovigilance practices related to adverse pulmonary transfusion reactions (TACO, TRALI, and TAD).
  • Explore the pathophysiological differences of TACO, TRALI, and TAD reactions for clinical, research, and hemovigilance networks’ case surveillance purposes.
  • Discuss proposed changes regarding hemovigilance networks’ case surveillance definitions for TACO and TRALI.

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Cellular Therapies in Trauma and Critical Care
Friday, October 12 | 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

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This one day workshop will focus on the emerging role of cellular therapies in the treatment of trauma and critical care conditions. Novel products and their applications as well as cell manufacturing, regulatory challenges and production needs will be addressed. The discussion will align the needs of those serving in the critical care and trauma field with those programs and facilities providing the product. A discussion of current clinical trials and lessons learned from designing these trials will also be presented. This workshop has been developed in collaboration with the Cellular Therapies in Trauma and Critical Care Conference (CTTACC) faculty.

Pre-Meeting Workshop Registration Rates

8/16/2018 - 9/12/2018
9/13/2018 - 10/16/2018
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