Pediatric Massive Transfusion Protocols: Current and Future States of Care

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

Live Program Date: Wednesday, August 26, 2020 - [Rescheduled from April 15] - On-Demand Available

Master Program Number: 20EL-524 (see program format numbers below under Registration)

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

Director/Moderator: Lisa M. Shave MS, MLS(ASCP)CMSBBCM, Medical Laboratory Scientist, Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia, PA, Medical Laboratory Technology Program Coordinator, Mercer County Community College, West Windsor, NJ
Speakers: Cassandra Josephson, MD, Pediatric Hematologist-Oncologist, Professor, MD-Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Professor - Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, Emory, University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA; Deborah Ann Sesok-Pizzini, MD, MBA, Professor, Clinical Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, Vice Chief, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Chief, Division of Transfusion Medicine and Director, Blood Bank, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA; Mark Yazer, MD, Professor of Pathology, University of Pittsburgh, Visiting Professor in Pathology, Tel Aviv University, Adjunct Professor of Clinical Immunology, University of Southern Denmark, Associate Medical Director, Centralized Transfusion Service, Pittsburgh, PA

Learning Objectives

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

  • Describe the development and implementation of a MTP in a pediatric hospital.
  • Discuss the similarities and differences between older and newer MTPs.
  • Explain the various MTP options and their efficacy in pediatric population.
  • Predict the future practice of care of pediatric MTPs.

Program Description

This program will discuss a variety of pediatric massive transfusion practices/protocols (MTP) from several hospitals. The discussion will focus on the differences in each protocols' approach. Strategies will be compared and contrasted in an effort to provide insight into which designs are best based on the population and how each design can be incorporated and utilized.


   Program #
Single Viewer: On-Demand Register20EL-524-4035
Group Viewing: On-Demand Register20EL-524-8035

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. Cassandra Josephson is one of few physicians in the United States trained and board-certified in Pediatrics, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, and Blood Banking/Transfusion Medicine. She is a Professor in the Departments of Pathology and Lab Medicine and Pediatrics at Emory University in Atlanta, GA. She is the medical director of the blood/tissue banks, and apheresis services at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Director of Clinical Research in the Emory Center for Transfusion and Cellular Therapies. She is also the co-author of the “Neonatal and Pediatric Transfusion” chapter in the 18th edition of the AABB Technical Manual, among many other publications.

Dr. Deborah Ann Sesok-Pizzini is medical director of Blood Bank and Transfusion Medicine and an attending physician with the Apheresis Program at CHOP. She also is a Professor of Clinical Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the Perelman School of Medicine University of Pennsylvania. Her clinical expertise centralizes around Blood Bank and Transfusion Medicine, Pediatric Transfusion Medicine, Stem Cell Collection/Processing, HLA, Platelet Refractoriness, Therapeutic Apheresis, and Transfusion Support for Solid-Organ Transplants.

Dr. Mark Yazer graduated from medical school at the University of Ottawa and completed his residency in hematological pathology at the University of Alberta. He is currently a Professor of Pathology at the University of Pittsburgh, and the Medical Director of the RBC serology laboratory at the centralized transfusion service in Pittsburgh.