Pediatric Apheresis: Blood Priming and Central Line Considerations

Please note: AABB reserves the right to make updates to this program.

Live Program Date: Thursday, January 12, 2017 – On-Demand Available
Master Program Number: 102 (see program format numbers below under Registration)

Educational Track: Quality Education
Topic: Transfusion Medicine
Intended Audience: TSO/PBM Coordinator, MT, Perfusionists, RNs, Physicians
Teaching Level: Intermediate

Director: Nikky D’Amour, Patient Blood Management Director, AABB, Bethesda, MD
Moderator: To Be Announced
Speaker: Elizabeth Valdez, BSN, RN, Apheresis Clinical Coordinator, Children’s Hospital Colorado, Aurora, CO

Learning Objectives

After participating in this educational activity, participants should be able to:

  • Describe three techniques utilized to prime the Apheresis Instrument for the pediatric patient.
  • Describe three central line catheters used in pediatric apheresis collections.
  • Verbalize two possible considerations to consider when pediatric line issues occur.

Program Description

The program will begin with a discussion on priming methods used during pediatric apheresis procedures. There are three main methodologies: 1) ½ unit prime for TPE, stem cell collections; 2) modified blood prime for ECP (accumulated significant data verifying the stability of patients using this method); and 3) standard prime when priming large ECV procedures like CMNC for CAR-T’s and stem cell collections.

The program will also cover central line selection for pediatric apheresis collections. Pediatric stem cell collections can be done utilizing PICC lines and avoiding an ICU admission. The Children’s Hospital Colorado’s catheter guideline chart developed at their clinic to help clinicians choose proper lines will be presented. Lastly, case studies of line problems encountered at the Apheresis Clinic and things to consider if lines are not functioning properly will be presented.


   Program #
Single Viewer: On-Demand Register17EL-4031-102
Group Viewing: On-Demand Register17EL-8031-102

Speaker Biography

Elizabeth Valdez has been a pediatric nurse for 16 years and has worked in the Children’s Hospital Colorado Apheresis Department for the last 4 years. She is currently earning an MSN degree with an expected graduation date of Spring 2017. A Colorado native, her weekends are spent with her 5 children at lacrosse or soccer games or basking in the Colorado sun.