Hot Topic Discussion: Ensuring Blood Safety and Protecting Public Health: Navigating Emerging Infectious Diseases (24EL-462) – Free for AABB Individual Members!

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

Wednesday, August 7, 2024
2:00 – 3:30 PM Eastern Time
Program Number: 24EL-462


This Hot Topic Discussion is provided complimentary to AABB individual members; nonmembers to pay regular rate of $69. Registration includes access to both the live and on-demand version of this hot topic discussion. Group viewing/registration is not available/provided. Access instructions for the live program will be provided via email approximately 48-72 hours after registration. An automated email from customercare@gotowebinar.com will provide access unique to each registrant (check your spam or junk email folders if you do not receive it; add customercare@gotowebinar.com to your safe sender list (this email address is not monitored). The program will be hosted on GoToWebinar so please take a moment prior to the live program to perform a System Check for GoToWebinar.

Please note: registration for the live program will close one (1) hour prior to the program start time. If you register after this time, you will receive access to the on-demand hot topic discussion when it is available.

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  • Program Description

    Join us as we provide context for the recently published AABB Emerging Infectious Diseases (EID) Fact Sheets. Last published in 2009, these highly cited Fact Sheets describe 68 infectious agents in detail (including, but not limited to, respiratory and sexually transmitted diseases), include background information about each agent, assessments of the agent’s clinical features and characteristics specifically related to transfusion transmission, and potential interventions amongst others.

    Learning Objectives

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

    • Comprehend AABB and the TTD Committee's Role: Describe AABB, the responsibilities of the AABB Transfusion Transmitted Disease (TTD) Committee, and their overarching charges related to blood safety, and the global importance of the Emerging Infectious Disease (EID) Fact Sheets.
    • Monitor and Assess Emerging Threats: Explain how emerging threats to blood safety are monitored and assessed by the TTD Committee, the development and maintenance of the EID Fact Sheets, distinguish between RTTIs (Relevant Transfusion-Transmitted Infections) and other emerging threats, and identify recent trends and emerging pathogens that pose risks to blood safety.
    • Recognize the Importance of Communication and International Perspectives: Describe the critical importance of monitoring emerging infectious diseases in transfusion medicine, the significance of communication and collaboration between blood centers and public health departments and recognize the unique perspectives and approaches from the Canadian viewpoint regarding emerging infectious diseases and blood safety.

    Program Faculty

    Moderator: Karen Palmer, MT(ASCP) CQA(ASQ), Director, Regulatory Affairs, AABB

    • Pallavi Annambhotla, DrPH, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    • Sharon Carayiannis, MT(ASCP)HP, AABB
    • Steven Drews, PhD, FCCM(ABMM), Canadian Blood Service
    • Kelley Garner, MPH, MLS(ASCP)CM, Arkansas Department of Health
    • Jed Gorlin, MD, Innovative Blood
    • Louis Katz, MD, Impact Life

    Continuing Education Credit

    This activity is eligible for one and a half (1.5) continuing education credit/contact hour for Nurses (including California-based nursing professionals through CBRN), California Lab Personnel, Florida Lab Personnel and General Participation credit. AABB reserves the right to reduce or increase the number of credits granted based on the final activity duration. For more information on each credit type please visit our Continuing Education Credits webpage. Please note: This program is not eligible for continuing medical education credit for physicians.

    There is no financial support for this activity.

    Claiming Credit
    Live Activity - Upon completion of the live activity, you will receive instructions to complete your evaluation, which is necessary to claim credit and receive your certificate of attendance/completion (credit must be claimed by the date provided in the instructions). The evaluation can be found by logging into the AABB Education Platform.

    Enduring Activity - Once the enduring (on-demand) program is available, you will receive instructions to access the AABB Education Platform. Upon completion of viewing the enduring activity, you will need to complete the evaluation, which is necessary to claim credit and receive your certificate of completion (credit must be claimed by the date provided in the AABB Education Platform).

    Program & Credit Expiration Dates:

    • Live Activity Program Date: August 7, 2024; Credit Expiration Date: September 7, 2024
    • Enduring Activity Program Dates: August 7, 2024 – August 6, 2027; Credit Expiration Date: August 6, 2027

    Disclosure Declaration
    Disclosures for the program faculty and peer reviewers are provided at the beginning of the program.