Bloodless Medicine: Advances and Alternatives When Transfusion is Not an Option (22EL-764)

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Wednesday, August 10, 2022
2:00 – 3:00 PM Eastern Time
Program Number: 22EL-764

  • Educational Track: Technical/Clinical
  • Topic: Patient Transfusion
  • Intended Audience: CEOs, COOs, Directors, Hospital Blood Banks, Hospitals, Laboratory Staff, Managers/Supervisors, Medical Directors, Nurses, Perfusionists, Physicians, Residents/Fellows, Students (MD, MT, SBB), Technologists, Transfusion Safety Officers
  • Teaching Level: Intermediate
  • Director: Elizabeth St. Lezin, MD, Professor of Laboratory Medicine, University of California San Francisco Laboratory Medicine; San Francisco, CA
    Moderator: Morvarid Moayeri, MD, PhD, Associate Clinical Professor of Laboratory Medicine, Associate Medical Director of Transfusion Service, University of California San Francisco, Department of Laboratory Medicine, San Francisco, CA

    • Steven M. Frank, MD, Professor, Department of Anesthesiology/Critical Care Medicine; Director, Johns Hopkins Health System Blood Management Program; Director, Center for Bloodless Medicine and Surgery, Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, Baltimore, MD
    • Jonathan H. Waters, MD, Professor, Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine and Bioengineering; Chief of Anesthesiology, UPMC Magee-Women’s Hospital; Director, Blood Management Program, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Program Description

    Patients may refuse blood transfusion for religious or other reasons. Bloodless medicine has been described as extreme patient blood management (PBM) and uses many of the same approaches as PBM. This program will review key elements of bloodless care programs and focus on advances in bloodless medicine and surgery. Bloodless care outcomes in specific patient populations will be considered. The program will include case studies highlighting the use and availability of blood alternatives including hemoglobin-based oxygen carriers (HBOCs) for patients who refuse transfusion. The faculty will also identify lessons learned from managing patients without blood transfusion that can be applied to providing safe and effective support for all patients with anemia.

    Learning Objectives

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

    • Describe the key elements of a successful bloodless approach to caring for patients who refuse blood transfusion.
    • Identify blood alternatives including hemoglobin-based oxygen carriers and explain their availability and use in patients for whom blood is not an option.
    • Apply bloodless care principles to improve the safety and effectiveness of transfusions for all patients.


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    Continuing Education Credit

    AABB estimates 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.

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