Immunohematology Boot Camp: HPA Antibodies and FNAIT

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Live Program Date: Wednesday, March 18, 2020 - On-Demand Available

Master Program Number: 20EL-518 (see program format numbers below under Registration)

Educational Track: Technical/Clinical
Topic: Transfusion Medicine
Intended Audience: Donor Recruitment Staff, Facilities that perform molecular testing, Hospitals, Hospital Blood Banks, Immunohematology Reference Labs (IRL’s), Laboratory Staff, Medical Directors, Physicians, Residents/Fellows, Students (MD, MT, SBB)
Teaching Level: Intermediate

Director/Moderator: Erin K. Goodhue Meyer, DO, MPH, Executive Medical Director, Direct Patient Care, American Red Cross, Columbus, OH
Speakers: Dexter A. Facey, MBA, MT, Manager, National Reference Laboratory for Specialized Testing, American Red Cross, Philadelphia, PA; Margaret A. Keller, PhD, Director, National Molecular Laboratory, American Red Cross, Philadelphia, PA

Learning Objectives

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

  • Review fetal and neonatal alloimmune thrombocytopenia.
  • Describe how serologic testing can aid clinical management and selection of platelet products for transfusion.
  • Describe how HPA genotyping can be helpful in differential diagnosis of FNAIT.
  • Describe how the platelet donors are screened to identify those whose platelet products may be useful for HPA alloimmunized patients.

Program Description

This program will first explore the clinical diagnosis of fetal and neonatal alloimmune thrombocytopenia. It will then dive into the laboratory testing that helps support the diagnosis of FNAIT with special attention given not only to serologic testing but also molecular testing. The program will also explore recommended evidence-based treatment options for FNAIT based on the patient’s presenting signs/symptoms and taking platelet unit availability into consideration. The speakers will use clinical cases to help emphasize important testing and clinical points.


   Program #
Single Viewer: On-Demand Register20EL-518-4035
Group Viewing: On-Demand Register20EL-518-8035

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.