Immunohematology Boot Camp: Serologic Testing Methodologies and Non-Specific Agglutination

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

Live Program Date: Wednesday, September 9, 2020 - On-Demand Available

Master Program Number: 20EL-572 (see program format numbers below under Registration)

  • Educational Track: Technical/Clinical
  • Topic: Patient Transfusion
  • Intended Audience: Directors, Hospital Blood Banks, Immunohematology Reference Labs (IRL’s), Laboratory Staff, Managers/Supervisors, Medical Directors, Students (MD, MT, SBB), Technologists
  • Teaching Level: Basic, Intermediate
  • Director/Moderator: Geoffrey Wool, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology, Medical Director of Coagulation Laboratory, Attending, Transfusion Medicine/Apheresis Service, Director, Blood Banking/Transfusion Medicine Fellowship Program, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
    Speaker: Heather Simmons, Analytical Specialist, Duke University Hospital, Transfusion Services, Durham, NC
  • Learning Objectives

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

    • Explain the various IAT methodologies, their strengths and weaknesses.
    • Define non-specific agglutination (NSA) and discuss a comprehensive work-up to deal with that interference.
    • Identify NSA in immunohematology cases and accurately identify clinically significant antibodies present in a background of NSA, or masquerading as NSA.

    Program Description

    This program is designed to review the various methodologies for indirect antiglobulin testing, with a discussion of non-specific agglutination and how to trouble-shoot that interference. There will be a significant component of case-based discussion and learning. As part of the immunohematology boot camp series, this program will be directed towards medical technology students, general technologists who would like to be more comfortable covering the blood bank, and junior blood bank technologists.


    Program #
    Single Viewer: On-Demand Register 20EL-572-4035
    Group Viewing: On-Demand Register 20EL-572-8035

    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

    Heather Simons graduated in 2005 with a BA in Psychology from the State University of NY at Geneseo. Heather switched career paths in 2008 and earned an Applied Associates in Medical Laboratory Technology from Central Piedmont Community College- Charlotte, NC. In 2018 Heather graduated from the Specialist in Blood Banking program at OneBlood-St. Petersburg, Fl. Heather is ASCP certified as an MLT, BB and SBB. Since starting her career in medical lab technology, she has always worked in transfusion medicine. Heather started out in the blood bank at Presbyterian Hospital (Novant Health) in Charlotte, NC and currently works at Duke Transfusion Services in Durham, NC. At Duke she has worked as a medical lab scientist, the Immunohematology Senior and in December of 2019, she moved into the Analytical Specialist position. Heather is a 3-year board member of the North Carolina Association of Blood Bankers.