Inventory Management: The Rural Facility, the Urban Facility, and the Blood Center

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

Live Program Date: Wednesday, May 9, 2018 - On-Demand Available

Master Program Number: 18EL-332 (see program format numbers below under Registration)

Educational Track: Quality Education
Topic: Transfusion Medicine
Intended Audience: COOs, Hospitals, Hospital Blood Banks, Laboratory Staff, Managers/Supervisors, Medical Directors, Technologists
Teaching Level: Intermediate

Director: Laura Nelson, MLS(ASCP)SBBcm, Reference Laboratory and Product Management Supervisor, LifeServe Blood Center, Des Moines, IA
Moderator: Kelly Meyer, Webcast Specialist, AABB, Bethesda, MD
Speakers: Nancy M. Dunbar, MD, Medical Director, Blood Bank, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, NH; Sarah Engle, BS, MT(AMT), Blood Bank Section Head, Mary Greeley Medical Center, Ames, IA; Laura Nelson, MLS(ASCP)SBBcm, Reference Laboratory and Product Management Supervisor, LifeServe Blood Center, Des Moines, IA

Learning Objectives

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

  • Review the results of the BEST OPTIMUS study (ONEG Product Transfusion, Inventory Management, and Utilization during Shortage).
  • Use data to determine appropriate inventory levels for their own facility.
  • Determine strategies for collaborating with hospital departments/customers on blood utilization.
  • Develop a plan for inventory management in a blood center with multiple types of facilities.

Program Description

Inventory management of the blood supply can be an ongoing struggle due to constant variations in the availability of blood products. The difficulty in managing inventory also depends on where a facility is located in relation to its blood center. Rural facilities will have different inventory needs than urban facilities and the blood center that serves both will need to manage those separate needs.

This program will address inventory management from the rural and urban perspectives and the blood center that serves both types. Faculty will discuss how to manage inventory levels when supply is readily available and when it is low, how to reduce the utilization of type O blood, how to utilize data to lower inventory levels without adversely impacting patient care, and how blood centers can approach rural and urban facilities to manage inventory across their system.


   Program #
Single Viewer: On-Demand Register18EL-332-4035
Group Viewing: On-Demand Register18EL-332-8035

Continuing Education Credit

AABB designates both the live and on-demand version of this eCast each eligible for 1.25 continuing education credit/contact hour for Physicians, General Participation, California Nurse, California Lab Personnel and Florida Lab Personnel. The number and type of credits awarded for this program (both live and on-demand) was determined by the program duration. For more information on each credit type please visit our Continuing Education Credits webpage.

Disclosures for the planners of this event can be found here. Disclosures for the program faculty are provided at the beginning of the program.

Speaker Biographies

Dr. Dunbar is a board certified Clinical Pathologist with sub-specialty certification in Blood Banking and Transfusion Medicine. She currently serves as the Medical Director of the Blood Bank and the Associate Medical Director of the Transfusion Medicine Service at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, NH. Her research interests include use of group A plasma in trauma and O-negative utilization during inventory shortages.

Sarah Engle worked as a laboratory generalist for nine years prior to becoming the blood bank section head at Mary Greeley Medical Center.  She has held this position since December 2011.  As section head, Sarah has worked to reduce blood product inventory levels through data-driven decisions, and better patient/blood order management.  She has also attempted to reduce O Negative blood utilization at her institution.  Sarah was nominated twice for the annual Innovation and Excellence Award at Mary Greeley, and is currently working on her Masters of Public Administration degree at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.