Immunohematology Boot Camp: Kidd/Kell (#20EL-546)

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Live Program Date: Wednesday, June 24, 2020 - On-Demand Available

Master Program Number: 20EL-546 (see program format numbers below under Registration)

  • Educational Track: Transfusion Medicine
  • Topic: Patient Transfusion
  • Intended Audience: Hospital Blood Banks, Immunohematology Reference Labs (IRL’s), Laboratory Staff, Managers/Supervisors, Medical Directors, Residents/Fellows, Students (MD, MT, SBB), Technologists
  • Teaching Level: Intermediate
  • Director/Moderator: Daniela Hermelin, MD, Associate Director of Transfusion Medicine, SSM Saint Louis University Hospital, Saint Louis, MO
    Speaker: Natalie Phillips, MLS(ASCP)CMSBBCM, Lead Medical Laboratory Scientist, Transfusion Service, Versiti, Milwaukee, WI
  • Learning Objectives

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

    • Describe the biochemistry and molecular basis of the Kell and Kidd Blood Group System antigens.
    • Discuss the inheritance and serological expression of common Kell and Kidd antigens, including altered and null phenotypes.
    • Discuss the clinical significance of common Kell and Kidd antibodies.
    • Identify the special characteristics of Jk (a-b-) red cells.
    • Explain why Kidd antibodies are a challenge to detect in routine pre-transfusion testing.

    Program Description

    The Kell and Kidd Blood Group Antigens are red blood cell glycoproteins that can produce antibodies that are highly clinically significant as they can lead to hemolytic transfusion reactions and hemolytic disease of the fetus and newborn (HDFN). This program will describe the structure, molecular and biochemical significance of Kell and Kidd Blood Group Antigens, focusing on the inheritance and serological expression including altered and null phenotypes. In addition, the program will discuss why these antibodies are a challenge to detect in routine pre-transfusion testing.


    Program #
    Single Viewer: On-Demand Register 20EL-546-4035
    Group Viewing: On-Demand Register 20EL-546-8035

    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 Biography

    Natalie Phillips graduated from University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee with a BS in Medical Laboratory Science in 2006. Her career began at Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center. Since 2010, Natalie has been employed by Versiti – Wisconsin and worked as the lead medical laboratory scientist in the Transfusion Service at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. She has over a decade of immunohematology and laboratory experience and is a recent graduate of the Specialist in Blood Banking program at Versiti – Wisconsin. Natalie is actively involved in training new employees and teaching students.