Tubeless Blood Bank: Tech Savor or Work Generator (Perils of Automation)

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Live Program Date: December 12, 2018 - On-Demand Available

Master Program Number: 18EL-364 (see program format numbers below under Registration)

Educational Track: Technical/Clinical
Topic: Transfusion Medicine
Intended Audience: Director, Hospital Blood Banks, Immunohematology Reference Labs (IRL’s), Laboratory Staff, Managers/Supervisors, Medical Directors, Physicians, Resident/Fellow, Technologists, Transfusion Safety Officer
Teaching Level: Intermediate to Advanced

Director/Moderator: NurJehan Quraishy, MD, Assistant Medical Director, Transfusion Medicine, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH
Speakers: Priscilla I. Figueroa, MD, Section Head Transfusion Medicine, Medical Director Transfusion Medicine and Stem Cell Laboratory, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH; Celeste Dean-El, MS, SBB(ASCP)cm, Supervisor Immunohematology, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH

Learning Objectives

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

  • Discuss key advantages of implementing automated blood bank analyzers relative to manual testing.
  • List some of the pitfalls of automation and their potential impact on workload.
  • Evaluate whether a tubeless transfusion service is feasible for your institution.

Program Description

Qualified specialized blood bank technologists are a difficult to find resource for large transfusion services, and a luxury for many laboratories.  Automation in Blood Banking helps sustain high quality blood bank services through built-in process controls including highly reliable sample identification, electronic result entry, mandatory quality control, reagent tracking, standardized reaction grading, rapid turn-around-time, and the potential for increased productivity by freeing testing personal to perform other critical functions.  However, highly sensitive test systems also have disadvantages that may generate unintended consequences. This program will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of automation and address the impact and feasibility of a “tubeless” blood bank.


   Program #
Single Viewer: On-Demand Register18EL-364-4035
Group Viewing: On-Demand Register18EL-364-8035

Continuing Education Credit

AABB designates both the live and on-demand version of this eCast each to be eligible for 1.5 continuing education credits/contact hours for Physicians, California Nurse, California Lab Personnel, Florida Lab Personnel and General Participation credit. The final number of credits and credit types awarded for this program (live or 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. Figueroa is Section Head of Transfusion Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH. Her special interests include blood banking, transfusion medicine, stem cell and quality management. She received her bachelor’s degree from Harvard University and her MD from Cornell University Medical College in New York City. She completed her TM fellowship at the Mayo Clinic.

Celeste Dean-El is the Immunohematology Supervisor at the Cleveland Clinic. She has worked as a blood bank technologist at the Cleveland Clinic since 2006 performing complex antibody workups. She also has experience in Quality Management in both Transfusion Services and Anatomic Pathology. She is certified as a Specialist in Blood Bank with a Master of Science in Clinical Laboratory Management.