Conversations with Your Blood Suppliers: The AABB Common Transfusion Adverse Reaction Reporting Form

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

Live Program: Thursday, May 9, 2019 - On-Demand Available

Master Program Number: 18EL-338 (see program format numbers below under Registration)

Educational Track: Technical/Clinical
Topic: Transfusion Medicine (Hemovigilance)
Intended Audience: Hospital Blood Banks, Medical Directors, Nurses, Physicians
Teaching Level: Intermediate

Director: Srijana Rajbhandary, BDS, MPH, Research and Data Analyst, AABB, Bethesda, MD
Moderator: Mark Fung, MD, PhD, Director of Clinical Laboratories, University of Vermont Medical Center, Burlington, VT
Speakers: Mark Fung, MD, PhD, Director of Clinical Laboratories, University of Vermont Medical Center, Burlington, VT; YanYun Wu, MD, PhD, Chief Medical Officer, BloodworksNW, Seattle, WA; Kathleen Puca, MD, Senior Medical Director, BloodCenter of Wisconsin, Part of Versiti, Milwaukee, WI

Learning Objectives

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

  • Discuss the role of reporting transfusion reactions to your blood supplier.
  • Identify common and uncommon transfusion reactions that should be reported.
  • Describe the Common Transfusion Reaction Reporting form.
  • Describe the protocol to use the form.

Program Description

Reporting to the blood collection establishment (BCE) of Transfusion Adverse Reactions (TARs) thought to be due to an attribute specific to the donor or the processing of the blood product is necessary to enable the BCE to take action on co-components and manage donor eligibility. Many hospitals use more than one blood supplier and complete several different forms when there is a suspected reaction in a patient who has received multiple blood components. Representatives from hospitals and blood suppliers recognized this challenge and developed the AABB Common Transfusion Adverse Reaction Reporting Form to simplify hospital communication with blood centers. This e-Cast will discuss when reactions should be reported to a blood supplier and include an overview of the form and examples of use of the form in the daily communications between blood suppliers and their hospital customers.


   Program #
Single Viewer: On-Demand Register18EL-338-4032
Group Viewing: On-Demand Register18EL-338-8032

Continuing Education Credit

AABB designates both the live and on-demand version of this eCast each to be eligible for 1 continuing education credits/contact hours for 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. Please note continuing medical education (CME) credit for Physicians is not available for this program.

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. Mark Fung is professor of pathology and laboratory medicine at the University of Vermont and is vice chair of quality and clinical affairs for Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of Vermont Health Network, and director of clinical laboratories at University of Vermont Medical Center. Dr. Fung has served in a number of leadership capacities within the AABB and other related organizations. These activities include the development of multiple transfusion guidelines and the implementation of transfusion reaction reporting using standardized definitions. He is the editor-in-chief for the 18th and upcoming 19th editions of the AABB Technical Manual.

Dr. YanYun Wu is the Chief Medical Officer of Bloodworks. In addition, she is the medical director of Bloodworks immunohematology laboratory and the head of Bloodworks Academy.

Dr. Kathy Puca is senior medical director with the Medical Sciences Institute at BloodCenter of Wisconsin which is part of Versiti and associate professor of pathology at Medical College of Wisconsin. Her main responsibilities include medical direction for transfusion services and currently she is Medical Director of Transfusion Service and Autologous HPC Processing Lab for Marshfield Labs, part of Marshfield Clinic Health System in Marshfield, Wisconsin. Dr. Puca is an active AABB assessor and has served on a number of AABB committees including the Hemovigilance, Patient Blood Management Standards and Patient Blood Management Education Committees. Dr. Puca actively promotes blood management activities including evaluation of appropriate blood utilization, recognition and reporting of adverse events, and education of nurses and providers on these topics.