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Implementing the Final Guidance on Enhancing PLT Safety

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

Wednesday, December 5, 2018
2:00 – 3:30 PM (ET) 7:00 – 8:30 PM (GMT)
Master Program Number: 18EL-385 (see program format numbers below under Registration)

Educational Track: Technical/Clinical
Topic: Transfusion Medicine
Intended Audience: CEOs, Director, Hospitals, Hospital Blood Banks, Managers/Supervisors, Medical Director, Physicians, Resident/Fellow, Scientist, Students (MD, MT, SBB), Transfusion Safety Officer
Teaching Level: Intermediate to Advanced

Director/Moderator: Eric A. Gehrie, MD, Assistant Professor, Pathology, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
Speakers: To be Announced

Learning Objectives

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

  • Discuss the risks posed to patients by bacteria in platelet components.
  • Appreciate the various technologies that can help to detect bacterial contamination of platelet concentrates.
  • Identify regulatory guidance regarding the implementation of technologies intended to limit the exposure of transfusion recipients to platelets contaminated with platelets.
  • Have an action plan for compliance with regulatory requirements.

Program Description

For many years, bacterial contamination of platelets has been a major medical and regulatory concern. With the FDA approval of several different platforms (pathogen reduction technology, time of issue bacterial testing, etc.) that could be used to detect and/or limit exposure of patients to platelets contaminated with bacteria, the transfusion community is anticipating additional regulatory action/requirements. Once final regulatory action has taken place, this program will seek to explain the significance of the action and outline ways for collection centers and hospital transfusion services to comply.​


   Program #
Single Viewer: Live Register18EL-385-2035
Single Viewer: On-Demand Register18EL-385-4035
Group Viewing: Live Register18EL-385-6035
Group Viewing: On-Demand Register18EL-385-8035
Group Viewing: Live & On-Demand Register18EL-385-9935