Anemia in Donors

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Live Program: Thursday, August 17, 2017 - On-Demand Available

Master Program Number: 17EL-151 (see program format numbers below under Registration)

Educational Track: Technical/Clinical Track
Topic:  Patient Blood Management
Intended Audience: Physicians, Technologists, Nurses, Managers/Supervisors, Perfusionists, Medical Directors, Residents, Hospital Blood Banks
Teaching Level: Intermediate

Moderator: Daryl Kor, MD, Professor of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
Speaker: Alan E. Mast, MD, PhD, Senior Investigator, Blood Research Institute, BloodCenter of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI

Learning Objectives

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

  • Discuss the prevalence of anemia in the donor population.
  • Describe the current strategies to identify, treat and educate donors.
  • Discuss the strategies to prevent donor iron deficiency.
  • Explain the implications of donor anemia management for blood centers

Program Description

Each year, 5 million regular donors meet almost half the transfusion needs of the United States by voluntarily giving their blood. It is well-known that Iron depletion is a consequence of blood donation. The prevalence of Iron Deficiency in blood donors is alarming and for that reason donor selection is critical to blood transfusion safety and blood donor eligibility. These policies are designed to protect both the donor and the recipient. During the course of this presentation you will learn how well the needs of these committed donors are being met.


   Program #
Single Viewer: On-Demand Register17EL-4031-151
Group Viewing: On-Demand Register17EL-8031-151

Speaker Biographies

Dr. Alan Mast is currently a Senior Investigator at Blood Research Institute with BloodCenter of Wisconsin and Associate Professor with the Department of Pathology at Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee WI.  He has been the principle investigator on many clinical and translations research studies focused on iron metabolism in blood donors. In addition, as one of the principal investigators for the Wisconsin Hub of the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute's Recipient Epidemiology and Donor Evaluation Study (REDS-III), he has collaborated with other investigators on many studies related to the safety of donors and availability and utilization of blood products in the United States.​