Ethical Issues in Transfusion Medicine and Blood Banking

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Live Program Date: Wednesday, February 12, 2020 - On-Demand Available

Master Program Number: 20EL-507 (see program format numbers below under Registration)

Educational Track: Technical/Clinical
Topic: Transfusion Medicine
Intended Audience: Hospital Blood Banks, Immunohematology Reference Labs (IRL’s), Laboratory Staff, Managers/Supervisors, Medical Directors, Physicians, Residents/Fellows, Students (MD, MT, SBB), Technologists, Transfusion Safety Officers
Teaching Level: Intermediate

Director/Moderator: Isabella W. Martin, MD, Assistant Professor of Pathology, Medical Director of Microbiology, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, NH
Speakers: Hilary F. Ryder, MD, MS, FACP, FHM, Associate Professor of Medicine, Medical Education, The Dartmouth Institute, Chair, Clinical Ethics Committee, Geisel Medical School at Dartmouth, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, NH; Justin Kreuter, MD, Consultant and Instructor, Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

Learning Objectives

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

  • Discuss common ethical issues in the field of Transfusion Medicine today.
  • Apply a practical ethics-based framework to approaching real-world Transfusion Medicine ethical dilemmas.
  • Paraphrase how your hospital ethics committee can help you resolve ethical disputes, create ethical policies and provide ethics education.

Program Description

Practicing Transfusion Medicine can involve challenging ethical situations because blood is a precious medical resource with a limited shelf life. This eCast will explore ethical dilemmas such as massive transfusion, blood refusal, donor incentives, informed consent and policies about men who have sex with men. These topics will be approached from the perspective of both an ethicist and a transfusion medicine specialist, with the goal of applying a practical ethics framework.


   Program #
Single Viewer: On-Demand Register20EL-507-4035
Group Viewing: On-Demand Register20EL-507-8035

Continuing Education Credit

AABB designates both the live and on-demand version of this eCast each eligible for 1 continuing education credits/contact hours for Physicians, General Participation, California Nurse, California Lab Personnel and Florida Lab Personnel. The number and type of credits awarded for this program (both live and on-demand) was 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. Hilary F. Ryder is Associate Professor of Medicine, Medical Education ant the Dartmouth Institute at The Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. Dr. Ryder earned her medical degree from Yale University School of Medicine and a master’s in science through The Dartmouth Institute. She completed residency training in internal medicine at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center where she subsequently joined the faculty as a hospitalist and is now the Program Director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program. She has completed bioethics training at the Kennedy Institute of Ethics, Georgetown University, and Harvard University and is the Chair of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Clinical Ethics Consultation Committee. Dr. Ryder is the medical writer for Ethics and Professionalism for the American College of Physician’s Medical Knowledge Self-Assessment Program. Her research interests include understanding moral distress medical students face when encountering ethical dilemmas. She and her husband have four children and are in pursuit of the mythical work-life balance.

Dr. Justin Kreuter received his medical degree from University of Missouri, Columbia, then completed a pathology residency at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and a 2-year transfusion medicine fellowship at Mayo Clinic. He is the program director of the Mayo Clinic Blood Banking / Transfusion Medicine fellowship as well as associate medical director of the histocompatibility laboratory. Justin’s primary passion is being an educator. In 2016, he completed the Harvard Macy Institute program for educators in health professions. In 2019, he completed the University of Toronto program for educating health professionals in interprofessional care.