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AABB Twitter Chat Series

AABB is hosting a series of Twitter chats for professionals in the fields of transfusion medicine, cellular therapies and patient blood management. Sponsored by the AABB Professional Engagement Program, each Twitter chat features an AABB member leading a lively discussion on current topics. These Twitter chats provide a unique opportunity to connect with an expert in the field.

To learn more about how Twitter is connecting the blood banking community, see this article from AABB News.

Follow @AABB and use the hashtag #AABBPEPtalk to participate in the conversation on Twitter.


Advancing the Efficient and Timely Supply of Blood with Electronic Remote Blood Issue (ERBI)

Mike F. Murphy
AABB President

The transfusion medicine community always strives to find ways to ensure that blood gets to patients in need of transfusion as safely and as quickly as possible. Electronic Remote Blood Issue (ERBI) – which entails the controlled issue of blood at remote locations away from the blood bank – has been shown to promote the efficient and timely supply of blood, as well as reducing staff time and costs. In a AABB/TRANSFUSION Twitter chat, Mike F. Murphy, MD, FRCP, FRCPath, FFPath, led a discussion on the enhancements and challenges linked to ERBI.

Mike Murphy (AABB President; Professor of Transfusion Medicine, University of Oxford; Consultant Haematologist, NHS Blood & Transplant and Oxford University Hospitals) and his team developed and implemented ERBI throughout the Oxford hospitals (published in Transfusion 2008; 48: 415-24). In an article published in the May issue of Transfusion, Murphy et al collected data on how ERBI had been implemented in five hospitals in England, Wales and the United States.

In a video clip in TRANSFUSION, Murphy and his team demonstrate ERBI which allows rapid access to blood, reduces staff time required in the blood bank to issue blood and transport time to and from the blood bank, and eliminates error in the collection of blood units.

ERBI Twitter Chat Transcript

Bringing Laboratory Professionals Out of the Shadows of Health Care

Dana Bostic, MBA, MSHS, MLS(ASCP)

Medical laboratory professionals are unsung heroes who, despite saving lives every day, often remain in the backstage of health care. Marking Medical Laboratory Professionals Week, Dana Bostic, MBA, MSHS, MLS(ASCP), facilitated an AABB Twitter chat on how hospital laboratories are an untapped tool for patient engagement.

Dana Bostic is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Bostic believes that lab professionals need to make themselves more visible to help patients and other clinicians make informed decisions regarding transfusion and other medical procedures. She is an advocate for better communication among health care professionals as a way to improve patient outcomes. Additionally, Bostic is actively involved in simulation/interprofessional education activities.

Lab Week Twitter Chat Transcript

Patient Identification: A Cornerstone of Transfusion Safety

Richard M. Kaufman, MD, @RichardMKaufman
Jeannie Callum, MD, FRCPC, @JeannieCallum 

Patient identification is a fundamental component of transfusion safety. In an AABB/TRANSFUSION Twitter chat, Richard M. Kaufman, MD, and Jeannie Callum, MD, FRCPC, led a discussion on strategies to prevent errors leading to ABO mistransfusion. Kaufman recently co-authored a study on pretransfusion sample labeling that found that using electronic patient identification at the time of sample collection was associated with five-fold fewer wrong-blood-in-tube errors compared with traditional manual patient identification. Callum’s current research focuses on the implementation of positive patient identification (mobile handheld computers) for transfusion to reduce the risk of acute hemolytic transfusion reactions.

Richard M. Kaufman is editor-in-chief of AABB’s peer-reviewed journal TRANSFUSION. He is also the Medical Director of Brigham and Women's Hospital Adult Transfusion Service, and associate professor of Pathology at Harvard Medical School.

Jeannie Callum is a Transfusion Medicine Specialist and Hematologist at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Center in Toronto, and associate professor of the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology at the University of Toronto.

ePPID Twitter Chat Transcript

"Mastering the DHQ"

Eduardo Nunes
Vice President, Quality Systems, Standards, and Accreditation, AABB

The Blood Donor History Questionnaire (DHQ) is designed to assist blood centers in evaluating each individual’s eligibility to donate based on current AABB Standards and FDA regulations and recommendations. During AABB's January 29 #AABBPEPtalk, Eduardo Nunes, AABB’s Vice President, Quality Systems, Standards, and Accreditation, led a discussion on deferral criteria, donor identification and other topics, and shared resources you can use to master the DHQ.

“Physician Onboarding: What's PBM Got To Do With It?”

Justin D. Kreuter, MD
Medical Director, Blood Donor Center, Mayo Clinic

Patient blood management (PBM) can be beneficial for patients and hospitals. Many facilities have implemented PBM programs in recent years. Like any good process, PBM tends to be ongoing and iterative. How are new physicians made aware of institutional PBM practices? Is the process similar for newly-minted physicians, as well as new hires? During AABB's July 24 #AABBPEPtalk, Justin D. Kreuter, MD, Medical Director, Blood Donor Center, Mayo Clinic, led the discussion on our community’s diverse experiences with onboarding new physicians in the local PBM practice.

New Physician Orientation: What’s PBM Got to Do With It? – An Outline by Daniela Hermelin, MD, Transfusion Medicine Fellow at Saint Louis University.

“Antibody Detection, All-A-Twitter”

Sue T. Johnson, MSTM, MT(ASCP)SBB
Director of Clinical Education, BloodCenter of Wisconsin

AABB hosted its inaugural Twitter chat, featuring Sue T. Johnson, MSTM, MT(ASCP)SBB, Director of Clinical Education at BloodCenter of Wisconsin and Ambassador of AABB's Professional Engagement Program (PEP), on April 5, 2018. In this #AABBPEPtalk, “Antibody Detection, All-A-Twitter,” Sue T. Johnson led a discussion on the challenges blood bankers face in antibody detection and identification.

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