Massive Transfusion Protocols and Indications: Urban Versus Suburban/Rural

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

Wednesday, August 14, 2019
2:00 – 3:00 PM (ET) 7:00 – 8:00 PM (GMT)
Master Program Number: 19EL-464 (see program format numbers below under Registration)

Educational Track: Technical/Clinical
Topic: Transfusion Medicine
Intended Audience: Physicians, Nurses, Laboratory Staff
Teaching Level: Intermediate

Director/Moderator: Erin Meyer, DO, MPH, Executive Medical Director of Clinical Services, American Red Cross, Washington, DC
Speakers: Reggie Thomasson, MD, MS, Medical Director of Blood Bank and Transfusion Medicine, Boston Medical Center, Assistant Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, MA; Oksana Prokopchuk-Gauk, MD, FRCPC, Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology and Lab Medicine, University of Saskatchewan College of Medicine, Clinical Hematologist, Saskatchewan Bleeding Disorders Program, Transfusion Medicine Physician, Saskatchewan Health Authority, Royal University Hospital, Saskatoon, Canada

Learning Objectives

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

  • Discuss MTP protocols in an urban setting.
  • Discuss indications for MTP in an urban setting.
  • Discuss challenges and opportunities for QC for MTP in the urban setting.
  • Identify MTP protocols in a suburban/rural setting.
  • Discuss indications for MTP in a suburban/rural setting.
  • Discuss challenges and opportunities for QC for MTP in the suburban/rural setting.

Program Description

In this program, Dr. Thomasson will share his experience with his institutional MTP protocol from an active urban center. He will also discuss technical aspects of MTP design and challenges when MTPs are in high demand. Alternatively, Dr. Prokopchuk-Gauk will share her experience developing and implementing an MTP in a suburban/rural area where the demand is lower. She will also share challenges with maintaining MTP in a low volume center.


   Program #
Single Viewer: Live Register19EL-464-2035
Single Viewer: On-Demand Register19EL-464-4035
Group Viewing: Live Register19EL-464-6035
Group Viewing: On-Demand Register19EL-464-8035
Group Viewing: Live & On-Demand Register19EL-464-9935

Continuing Education Credit

AABB estimates both the live and on-demand version of this eCast each to be eligible for 1 continuing education credits/contact hours for Physicians, California Nurse, California Lab Personnel, Florida Lab Personnel and General Participation credit. The final number of credit(s) and credit types awarded for this program (live or on-demand) will be determined by the program duration. For more information on each credit type please visit our Continuing Education Credits webpage.

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. Prokopchuk-Gauk joined the Saskatchewan Health Authority in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan in May 2016 as a Transfusion Medicine Physician and Clinical Hematologist. She is a graduate from the University of Calgary Hematology Residency Program in 2015 and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada in Internal Medicine and Hematology. Most recently, she completed a 1-year fellowship program in Transfusion Medicine at the University of Alberta in Edmonton. In addition to her clinical work, Dr. Prokopchuk-Gauk participates in medical student and resident teaching as an Assistant Professor with the University of Saskatchewan, College of Medicine. Her research interests include optimization of transfusion practice and transfusion reaction recognition, reporting practices, and rates.

Dr. Thomasson, a graduate of the Medical University of South Carolina c/o 2013, completed residency in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology at Louisiana State University-Health Sciences Center in New Orleans. He attended Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center for a fellowship in Blood Bank and Transfusion Medicine. Currently Dr. Thomasson is the Medical Director of the blood bank and transfusion service at Boston Medical Center and an Assistant Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Boston University School of Medicine.