Explaining Transfusion Medicine/Blood Banking to Administrators (21EL-692)

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Live Program Date: Wednesday, November 3, 2021 - On-Demand Available

Program Number: 21EL-692

  • Educational Track: Leadership Management
  • Topics: Blood Donation & Collection, Management Operations, Patient Blood Management, Patient Transfusion, Transfusion Process, Transfusion Safety
  • Intended Audience: Directors, Hospital Blood Banks, Hospitals, Laboratory Staff, Managers/Supervisors, Medical Directors, Physicians, Residents/Fellows, Students (MD, MT, SBB), Transfusion Safety Officers
  • Teaching Level: Basic
  • Director/Moderator: David Unold, MD, Associate Medical Director of Transfusion Services, UC Davis Medical Center/School of Medicine, Sacramento, CA
    Speaker: Sarah Barnhard, MD, Medical Director of Transfusion Services, Secretary of Staff. Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, University of California at Davis, Davis, CA

  • Program Description

    Blood bank personnel and leadership may find it difficult to engage with hospital administration to communicate needs or challenges. This program will introduce the knowledge needed to successfully communicate transfusion medicine topics to hospital administrators. Given as a didactic presentation, Dr. Barnhard will draw on her experience of engagement with upper levels of hospital administration to introduce key concepts in this topic.

    Learning Objectives

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

    • Compare and contrast the key perspectives of hospital administrators and transfusion medicine experts.
    • Outline the key elements and indicators of horizontal and vertical alignment in hospital-based transfusion medicine.
    • Identity and engage the key clinical stakeholders in hospital-based transfusion medicine.
    • Identify natural allies in hospital-based transfusion medicine.
    • Outline the approach to communicating with levels of hospital administration.


    Please note: If you registered for the live eCast you do not need to register for the on-demand eCast (access to the on-demand eCast was included with the live eCast registration.

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    Continuing Education Credit

    AABB designates both the live and on-demand version of this eCast each to be eligible for 1 continuing education credits/contact hours for Physicians, California Nurse, California Lab Personnel, Florida Lab Personnel and General Participation credit. The final number of credit(s) and credit types awarded for this program (live or on-demand) will be 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

    Dr. Sarah BarnhardAs a subspecialty pathologist in transfusion services, Dr. Sarah Barnhard serves as Medical Director of Transfusion Services at UC Davis Medical Center where she also serves as Secretary of Staff. She devotes her clinical time to overseeing the blood bank and treating patients on the apheresis service. She teaches medical students, residents, and fellows in all aspects of transfusion medicine and is highly integrated with hospital quality and safety.