(UPDATE: Program Title, Learning Objectives and Description Changes)
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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
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 current 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.
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. Final guidance is expected in 2019. This program will seek to explain the significance of the current guidance and BPAC conversations and outline ways for collection centers and hospital transfusion services to comply.
Please note: AABB plans to offer an eCast on Implementing the Final Guidance on Enhancing PLT Safety after the final guidance is released (expected in 2019).
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