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Podcast Series: Platelets Unplugged – The Sticky Truth

Brought to you by the AABB and the ICTMG

This three-part podcast peels back the layers of two new platelet transfusion guidelines recently published by the AABB and ICTMG.

Moderator: Dr. Richard Wells
Speakers: Dr. Richard Kaufmann and Dr. Susan Nahirniak
Teaching Level: Basic to Intermediate
Intended Audience: Transfusion-medicine community and health-care providers who may need to provide platelet transfusions (for CME credit: Physicians)

Learning Objectives

  • Knowledge of the two platelet guidelines and their respective recommendations
  • Understanding of how these evidence-based recommendations were generated
  • Knowledge of commonalities and differences between guidelines
  • Understanding areas of needed and ongoing research

Podcast – Part 1 (Approx. 17 minutes)
An overview of the AABB and ICTMG organizations, the platelet guidelines and how they were developed, and a discussion around dosing.

Podcast – Part 2 (Approx. 10 minutes)
Our experts discuss prevention of minor versus major bleeding, differences in in-patient versus outpatient treatments, the use of red blood cells to stop bleeding, gaps in current knowledge and future areas of investigation.

Podcast – Part 3 (Approx. 16 minutes)
New data and evidence emerging since the guidelines were released are considered and a discussion of findings from the PATCH study, as well as case by case considerations. Lastly, our experts answer some questions from the international community.

These podcasts are based on the following Guidelines:

Platelet Transfusion: A Clinical Practice Guideline from the AABB: published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

Guidance on Platelet Transfusion for Patients with Hypoproliferative Thrombocytopenia: published in Transfusion Medicine Reviews by the ICTMG.

Continuing Medical Education Credit

This educational podcast series is brought to you by AABB and the International Collaboration for Transfusion Medicine Guidelines (ICTMG). AABB designates this podcast series to receive a maximum of 0.5 towards AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.  In order to participate in this CME activity, registration is required.  Once registered, access to the program will be provided via email within 2-3 business days.

Faculty Biographies

Dr. Richard Wells is a Haematologist with Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, a scientist, biological sciences, Odette Cancer Research Program at the Sunnybrook Research Institute; co-director, myelodysplastic syndromes program, Odette Cancer Centre; and assistant professor, Department of Medical Biophysics, at the University of Toronto. He is also a medical advisor to the Aplastic Anemia and Myelodysplasia Association of Canada.

Dr. Richard Kaufmann (AABB)

Dr. Kaufmann is the medical director of the Brigham and Women’s Hospital Adult Transfusion Service, and an associate professor of pathology at Harvard Medical School. He has pursued a variety of clinical research interests in the field of transfusion medicine, and he led the panel that developed the AABB platelet transfusion guideline.

Dr. Susan Nahirniak (ICTMG)

Dr. Nahirniak is a Transfusion Medicine physician and hematopathologist who currently serves as Alberta Health Service’s Section Chief for Transfusion Medicine Service and the Laboratory Medicine & Pathology deputy clinical department head in the Edmonton Zone. She is a professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Alberta. She has been involved with Canada’s National Advisory Committee on Blood and Blood Products and the ICTMG since their inceptions.