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Upcoming Seminars

Interested in attending a seminar? Contact our Compliance Officer or call 401-453-8599 to register. Registration is appreciated but not mandatory and there are no fees. Anyone interested in this topic is welcome.


Location:

Rhode Island Blood Center
405 Promenade St.
Providence, RI 02908

All audio conferences begin promptly at 2:00pm and are held in the Board Room (unless otherwise noted) on the second floor of the Providence facility. Please plan to arrive 5-10 minutes early.


Diagnosis and Management of Variant D Types

Wednesday, January 20, 2016 2:00 - 3:30 PM (ET)

    Moderator:
  • Eric A. Gehrie, MD
    Speaker(s):
  • Meghan Delaney, D.O., MPH; Hallie Lee-Stroka, MT(ASCP)SBB
    Description:
  • Variation in the expression of the RhD antigen-such as weak D or partial D-can cause significant challenges for both hospital transfusion services and blood collection centers. In order to optimize clinical care and reduce unnecessary expenditures on RhIg and Rh negative red blood cells, there has been a recent push to standardize the approach to weak D patients. In this session, the speakers will discuss the diagnosis and management of patients and blood donors with variant RhD, with a particular emphasis on the laboratory, clinical, and financial implications of both serologic and molecular testing of weak D phenotypes. Where possible, the speakers will use examples from their clinical work to highlight their discussion.



The Changing Landscape of Men Who Disclose Having Sex with Other Men (MSM) Donor Deferral

Wednesday, January 27, 2016 2:00 - 3:30 PM (ET)

    Moderator:
  • Nancy M. Dunbar, MD
    Speaker(s):
  • Brian Custer, PhD, MPH
    Description:
  • The Draft Guidance for Industry allowing blood centers to accept male donors whose last male-male sexual encounter was a year or more before donation was released in May 2015. The change in the MSM deferral policy from indefinite to a time-limited approach is partially based on the completion of several studies on donor behavior. This session will provide an overview of these completed studies, the broader implications, and the efforts to establish monitoring programs in advance of the expected policy change.



Changes to the 30th Edition of Standards for Blood Banks and Transfusion Services

Wednesday, March 23, 2016 2:00 - 3:30 PM (ET)

    Moderator:
  • Robert W. Braun, MT(ASCP)SBB
    Speaker(s):
  • Debra Kessler, RN, MS; Patrick Ooley, MS, MT(ASCP), CQA(ASQ)CMQ/OE
    Description:
  • Introducing the 30th edition of Standards for Blood Banks and Transfusion Services. The speakers will summarize the new and revised requirements incorporated into the 30th edition of Standards for Blood Banks and Transfusion Services. In addition, the rationale for the changes will be reviewed.




Ebola Virus Disease and the Use of Convalescent Plasma

Wednesday, March 30, 2016 2:00 - 3:30 PM (ET)

    Moderator:
  • Erin Meyer, DO, MPH
    Speaker(s):
  • Scott Koepsell, MD; Anne M. Winkler, MD
    Description:
  • This presentation will describe the 2014 Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak and the United States' reaction to infected patients. Ebola convalescent plasma has been used as a therapy for treatment of EVD during the 2014 West Africa epidemic. Several cases from the United States and Europe have recently been published, in addition to multiple ongoing clinical trials in the United States and West Africa. Although the first reports of successful treatment with passive immune therapy date back to the early 1900s, convalescent plasma has materialized as a possible therapy for patients who develop infection from one of the emerging infectious diseases such as EVD, although the efficacy of such therapy has yet to be proven in clinical trials. This session will focus on the EVD outbreak and the use of convalescent plasma to treat infected patients. A brief background on the use of convalescent plasma will be included.



Customer Care - Building Trust, Establishing Rapport and Making Donors Feel Valued

Wednesday, May 11, 2016 2:00 - 3:30 PM (ET)

    Moderator:
  • Angela Dirr
    Speaker(s):
  • Sheri Theide
    Description:
  • Customer Care was createdin response to a company initiative to increase donor loyalty in support of recruitment and collection goals. Customer Care collects, evaluates and analyzes internal and external data and community feedback to support the effort of departments responsible for donor recruitment, critical component needs and goal attainment.



Blood Center and Transfusion Service Partnerships for Efficient Management of Blood Product Inventory
in the Hospital Transfusion Service

Wednesday, October 5, 2016 2:00 - 3:30 PM (ET)

    Moderator:
  • Eric A. Gehrie, MD
    Speaker(s):
  • Dominick Giovanniello, DO; Suchi Pandey, MD
    Description:
  • Given the regulatory and scientific complexity of modern blood component collection and manufacture, most hospital transfusion services rely on an outside blood center for the procurement of blood for transfusion. In this session, medical directors from two large blood centers will discuss ways that hospital-based transfusion services can benefit from a close relationship with their blood suppliers. Special emphasis will be placd on the role the blood center medical director can play to assist hospitals dealing with complex clinical situations and the value of experienced medical technologists and SBBs in blood center reference laboratories. Using case examples, the speakers will also explain how a blood center can be an important resource for research collaborations.



Implementation of Competency Assessment Requirements

Wednesday, October 12, 2016 2:00 - 3:30 PM (ET)

    Moderator:
  • Robert W. Braun, MT(ASCP)SBB
    Speaker(s):
  • Nancy M. Shotas, MT(ASCP)SBB, CQA(ASQ)
    Description:
  • Not only is a competency assessment required by regulation, it is the thing to do! This session will assist participants to assess their current program for compliance to requirements, and provide guidance to develop a program that meets the Goldilocks Principle: Not too little; Not too much; Just right.



Advanced Serolody: Warm Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia (WAIHA)

Wednesday, November 9, 2016 2:00 - 3:30 PM (ET)

    Moderator:
  • Nancy M. Dunbar, MD
    Speaker(s):
  • Meghan Delaney, DO, MPH; Alyssa Ziman, MD
    Description:
  • In this session, speakers will review clinical and laboratory features of warm autoimmune hemolytic anemia (WAIHA), present the results of a recent survey exploring current immunohematology practice in terms of testing methodology and blood selection protocols in this patient population, and describe currently available literature supporting best practice recommendations for immunohematology testing/methodology and blood selection in these patients.



Addressing Common Citations from AABB and CAP

Wednesday, November 16, 2016 2:00 - 3:30 PM (ET)

    Moderator:
  • Jan Stuckey, MS, MT(ASCP)BB
    Speaker(s):
  • Ljiljana Petkovic, MT(ASCP)BB, SBB; Nancy Shotas
    Description:
  • Lecture to be presented by representative from AABB and CAP accreditation teams. AABB standards and CAP checklist interpretations that resulted in nonconformities and deficiencies will be captured. Speaker will select from list they created those that posed greatest risk to a facility or a patient and illustrate variations on the interpretation as well as construction of a plausible corrective action plan acceptable to accrediting agencies.