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(9116) HOT TOPIC: Management of Blood Donor Iron Depletion - New Concepts and Action

Director/Moderator:  Ritchard Cable, M.D

Speakers: Ritchard Cable, MD; Alan Mast, MD/PhD; Louis Katz, MD; Joseph Kiss, MD; Karin Magnussen; Steve Kleinman

Intended Audience: Physicians, Scientists, Technologists, Nurses, Managers/Supervisors, CEOs/CFOs



·         Determine the frequency and causes of blood donor iron deficiency.

·         Review three recent studies about the development and mitigation of donor iron depletion.

·         Review expert opinion on current needed actions to mitigate donor iron deficiency.

·         Develop concepts and preliminary plans for implementation.


Event Description: Iron depletion in blood donors is a frequent sequela of blood donation, and its health consequences are not entirely understood.  Several recent studies have described the nature and frequency of this complication in donors, and operational and controlled trials of approaches such as iron supplementation to mitigate iron depletion in donors have recently been completed. This program will review three recent publications from US and European investigators, and conclude with a panel discussion on what blood collectors should now be doing.

Event Level: Intermediate