Oh no, no O Negs! Inventory Management During Shortages

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

Live Program Date: Wednesday, April 17, 2019 - On-Demand Available

Master Program Number: 19EL-424 (see program format numbers below under Registration)

  • Educational Track: Quality Education
  • Topic: Patient Transfusion
  • Intended Audience: CEOs, COOs, Directors, Donor Recruitment Staff, Hospital Blood Banks, Hospitals, Laboratory Staff, Managers/Supervisors, Nurses, Physicians, Residents/Fellows, Students (MD, MT, SBB), Technologists, Transfusion Safety Officers
  • Teaching Level: Intermediate
  • Director/Moderator: Laura Nelson MLS(ASCP)SBBcm, Reference Laboratory and Product Management Supervisor, LifeServe Blood Center, Des Moines, IA
    Speakers: Beau Tompkins, Senior Executive Director, Rhode Island Blood Center, Providence, RI; Kerry O’Brien, MD, Medical Director, Blood Bank, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Assistant Professor of Pathology, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
  • Learning Objectives

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

    • Determine a strategy for handling blood product shortages.
    • Identify ways to reduce the use of O negative red cells and AB plasma.
    • Develop an internal policy and procedure to handle shortages that all staff can immediately follow without issues.
    • Discuss ways to work with hospital customers from the blood center during shortages.
    • Implement ways to try and recruit donors during shortages.

    Program Description

    Blood product inventory relies on a donor population to donate on a frequent basis and red cell usage to remain steady. In reality, there are many times when blood product inventory is short. This program will address how to handle inventory management in hospitals during shortages and in blood centers trying to address the shortage and still provide products to hospitals. The program will focus especially on shortages dealing with O negative red cells and AB plasma. It will also address ways hospitals can reduce the use of these products by using O positive red cells and A plasma and it address how blood centers can work with hospitals on their inventory management and how to move products around during shortages while trying to recruit donors.


    Program #
    Single Viewer: On-Demand Register 19EL-424-4035
    Group Viewing: On-Demand Register 19EL-424-8035

    Continuing Education Credit

    AABB designates both the live and on-demand version of this eCast each to be eligible for 1.0 continuing education credits/contact hours for Physicians, California Nurse, California Lab Personnel, Florida Lab Personnel and General Participation credit. 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

    Beau Tompkins has been in blood banking since 2005. He has gone from Component Lab to Production Supervisor to Quality, back to Operations and Logistics for Hospital Services and currently oversees the inventory. Beau’s previous positions greatly help him with the care and detail that is required to maintain such a precious inventory for the patients served.

    Dr. Kerry O’Brien is currently the Medical Director of the Blood Bank at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, MA. After growing up in Massachusetts, Dr. O’Brien graduated from Boston University School of Medicine in 2002 and completed residency in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology at Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, WA in 2007. She then served as an attending pathologist at that same hospital for 4 years. She completed her Transfusion Medicine fellowship at Puget Sound Blood Center in Seattle (which is now known as Bloodworks Northwest) in 2012 after leaving the military. Dr. O’Brien has been at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center since 2012, where in addition to her duties as a Blood Banker, she has been the Clinical Pathology Residency Director since February 2016.