Pulmonary Transfusion Reactions and the Role of Hemovigilance (22EL-768)

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Wednesday, August 24, 2022
2:00 – 3:00 PM Eastern Time
Program Number: 22EL-768

  • Educational Track: Technical/Clinical
  • Topics: Hemovigilance, Patient Transfusion
  • Intended Audience: 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: Basic, Intermediate
  • Director/Moderator: David Unold, MD, Health Sciences Assistant Clinical Professor, UC Davis School of Medicine, Sacramento, CA

    • Chester Andrzejewski, Jr., PhD, MD, Medical Director System Blood Banking and Transfusion/Apheresis Medicine Services, Baystate Medical Center, Springfield, MA
    • Lynne O’Hearn, BS, MT(ASCP), Transfusion Safety Officer, Baystate Medical Center, Springfield, MA
  • Program Description

    Transfusion reactions presenting with pulmonary signs and symptoms are common. Multiple transfusion reaction entities have some aspect of respiratory involvement, and the overlap between transfusion reaction entities can make diagnosis difficult. Broadly, these entities may be grouped under the umbrella of “Transfusion Associated Adverse Pulmonary Sequelae (TAAPS)”. Transfusion Associated Circulatory Overload (TACO) and Transfusion Related Acute Lung Injury (TRALI) are two clinically significant entities found under the TAAPS umbrella which can be particularly difficult to differentiate. Led by a Transfusion Services Medical Director and Transfusion Safety Officer, this program will utilize case studies and audience participation (question polling) to strengthen the learner’s ability to properly classify such transfusion reactions. The role and applicability of hemovigilance to TAAPS -- and transfusion reactions more generally -- will also be explored.

    Learning Objectives

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

    • Describe transfusion reactions which may come under the umbrella of “Transfusion Associated Adverse Pulmonary Sequelae”.
    • Classify transfusion reactions with pulmonary signs and symptoms.
    • Explain hemovigilance in regard to Transfusion Associated Adverse Events (TAAEs).
    • Discuss reporting of TAAEs to the National Healthcare Safety Network’s (NHSN) Hemovigilance Module.


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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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