“One Size Does Not Fit All”: Approaches from Different Sized Hospitals for Transfusion Reaction Reporting

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Live Program: Tuesday, July 25, 2017 - On-Demand Available

Master Program Number: 17EL-109 (see program format numbers below under Registration)

Educational Track: Technical/Clinical 
Topic: Transfusion Medicine (Hemovigilance)
Intended Audience: Technologists, Nurses, Managers/Supervisors, Laboratory Staff, Medical Directors, Students/Fellows, Residents
Teaching Level: Intermediate

Director/Moderator: Chester Andrzejewski, Jr, PhD, MD,  Medical Director, System Transfusion Medicine/Blood Banking and Apheresis Medicine Services, Baystate Health, Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology, University of Massachusetts Medical School-Baystate/Springfield, MA
Speakers: Kathleen Puca, MD, Blood Center of Wisconsin, Milwaukie, WI; Karen King, MD, Medical Director, Johns Hopkins Medical Institute, Baltimore, MD; Katharine Downes, MD, Medical Director, University Hospital, Cleveland, OH

Learning Objectives

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

  • List the key elements in the workflow process for transfusion reaction recognition and reporting.
  • Develop an understanding of the application of hemovigilance criteria in transfusion reaction interpretation reporting.
  • Identify a variety of approaches for the transfusion reaction process from different sized hospitals and health care systems for potential practice application.

Program Description

Transfusion reactions are often underreported and under-recognized. In addition, when recognized, approaches for reporting suspected reactions and the extent of testing vary among institutions. This program will describe the process for reporting, testing and follow-up of suspected transfusion reactions at three healthcare institutions different sized hospitals and health care systems. Discussion will include processes to potentially improve reporting by nurses of suspected reactions, formats for reporting reactions, algorithm to standardize testing, and communication of transfusion reaction evaluation and with results of reaction evaluation to healthcare providers to promote optimal patient care.


   Program #
Single Viewer: On-Demand Register17EL-4032-109
Group Viewing: On-Demand Register17EL-8032-109