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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.


Molecular Phenotyping on Patients and Donors

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 2:00 - 3:30 PM (ET)

    Moderator:
  • Colleen A. Aronson, MT (ASCP)SBB
    Speaker(s):
  • Meghan Delaney, D.O., MPH; Jayanna Slayten, MS, MT(ASCP)SBB; Bobbie Sutton, MD, PhD
    Description:
  • Red cell molecular testing is moving the blood bank forward with increased sensitivity in allele detection and improvement in red cell antigen matching for provision of blood. These techniques have changed how blood banks and clinicians care for pediatric and adult populations. This presentation will review the current donor center practices utilizing molecular platforms to identify rare red cell donors. These rare red cell donor units are then ?best matched? for both pediatric and adult anemic patients. Red cell molecular testing has allowed for improved patient management and this presentation will highlight how clinical care has been positively impacted.



CLIA: How it Relates to Patient and Donor Testing and Forms the Basis of Standards for Inspection of Blood Banks by Other Regulatory Agencies Including CAP, AABB and the FDA

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 2:00 - 3:30 PM (ET)

    Moderator:
  • Michael H. Creer, MD
    Speaker(s):
  • William Castellani, MD; Melissa R. George, DO
    Description:
  • The primary goals of this presentation are to familiarize blood bank laboratory personnel with the regulatory requirements for patient and donor testing as defined by the Clinical Laboratory improvement Act (CLIA). These regulations form the basis for the testing standards utilized by regulatory agencies including the AABB, CAP and FDA that regularly inspect blood banks for compliance with appropriate testing standards. The need for laboratories to properly verify test performance before implementation in the lab and the need to demonstrate competency to properly perform specific laboratory analyses by participation in external proficiency testing will be emphasized.



Understanding TACO: What is it and What Can We Do To Reduce the Risk

Tuesday, April 7, 2015 2:00 - 3:30 PM (ET)

    Moderator:
  • Barbee Whitaker, PhD
    Speaker(s):
  • Chester Andrzejewski, PhD, MD
    Description:
  • Although well appreciated by transfusion medicine specialists as a serious hazard of hemotherapy, several aspects of TACO remain controversial or yet to be fully explored. Heterogeneity in the severity of its clinical expression and varying institutional case definitions may contribute directly to variability in its reported frequency. This webinar will explore various aspects of TACO as they relate to transfusion recipient co-morbidities, profiling of at-risk patients, peritransfusion fluid management, clinical service location of the transfusion, and bedside monitoring perspectives. Increasing our understanding of such issues will enable hospitals to construct more meaningful mitigation strategies in their efforts to enhance transfusion safety.




Work Flow Standards: Developing and Implementing in Transfusion and Blood Centers

Wednesday, May 6, 2015 2:00 - 3:30 PM (ET)

    Moderator:
  • Colleen Aronson, MT (ASCP)SBB
    Speaker(s):
  • Paula Roberts
    Description:
  • This program will focus on workflow standards as a way to improve standardization among staff and improve efficiencies within medical settings. Presenters will discuss the difference between SOPs and workflow standards, the impact they have on staff and regulatory concerns associated with implementing these standards. The approval, release and training processes will be described. Examples of workflow standards will be shared.



Essential Elements of an Effective Document Control System: Introduction to the Concept of Infomapping

Wednesday, May 13, 2015 2:00 - 3:30 PM (ET)

    Moderator:
  • Michael H. Creer, MD
    Speaker(s):
  • Joanne Baylor, BMT (ASCP); William Castellani, MD; Jerry Davis, BS, MT(ASCP), SBB; Chris Kerr, MT(ASCP); Michele E. Lachance, BA, CHT (ABHI), MLT (ASCP)
    Description:
  • This presentation will describe the basic elements of a document control system including document creation, description of different document types and how they are related and accessed (?infomapped?) and recommendations for maintaining document security and document backup. The basic elements of infomapping for creating logical links to different documents in the blood bank will be described. Recommendations for document creation and validation and auditing of standard operating procedures as well as contingency planning for inability to access electronic document control systems or system failure will also be described.



A Systematic Review of Transfusion-Associated Graft-Versus-Host Disease (TA-GVHD): Donor, Not Recipient, Factors are Primary Drivers

Wednesday, June 17, 2015 2:00 - 3:30 PM (ET)

    Moderator:
  • Jeannie Callum, MD, FRCPC
    Speaker(s):
  • Ilana Kopolovic, MD, FRCPC; Jackie Ostro, MD, FRCPC
    Description:
  • Transfusion-associated graft-versus-host disease (TA-GVHD) is a rare and almost always fatal complication of the transfusion of cellular blood products, and the only indication for blood product irradiation. Identifying patients at risk for TA-GVHD, and therefore appropriate indications for irradiation, presents an ongoing challenge in transfusion medicine. We have recently conducted the largest systematic review of cases of TA-GVHD, which provides new insights into patient and product factors associated with this entity. We will discuss the findings of our review, and their potential implications on future practice. We will also present a proposed approach to the investigation of possible cases of TA-GVHD, to further the understanding of this condition.



Transfusion of Rh Positive Platelets on Child Bearing Patient

Wednesday, July 8, 2015 2:00 - 3:30 PM (ET)

    Moderator:
  • Jennifer Ford, MS, MT(ASCP)SBB, CQA(ASQ)
    Speaker(s):
  • Joan Cid, MD
    Description:
  • The immunohematology of the Rh system is discussed in relation to Rh incompatibility with the fetus. A review of platelet transfusion protocol in regards to child bearing patients is discussed. In addition, concerns with managing patients with Rh incompatibility issues are highlighted.



Moving to On-Demand Crossmatch

Wednesday, July 22, 2015 2:00 - 3:30 PM (ET)

    Moderator:
  • Colleen Aronson, MT (ASCP)SBB
    Speaker(s):
  • Carol Netols; Lok Tse, MS, MBA, MLS(ASCP)SBB
    Description:
  • Moving to on-demand crossmatching has many advantages for process improvement and cost savings. This session will discuss what is required to be able to implement this process change. We will also describe what needs to be considered prior to moving to on-demand crossmatching and what types of potential savings may be seen after implementing this strategy.



Using Competency Assessments to Assure Quality

Wednesday, November 18, 2015 2:00 - 3:30 PM (ET)

    Moderator:
  • Tonicka Edwards-Booker, BS
    Speaker(s):
  • Tonicka Edwards-Booker, BS
    Description:
  • This presentation will describe the learning objectives listed above with the expectation of capturing the general idea for criteria in assessing the behavioral and skill attributes of the laboratory personnel as it relates to his/her job. The program will also present a general assessment evaluation tool for managers/supervisors to cultivate an environment of quality standards within the laboratory as it relates to performing accurate and reliable testing through the competency of its staff members.



Tools for Remembering Coagulation Cascade and Effects of PCC, Vitamin K, FFP

Wednesday, December 2, 2015 2:00 - 3:30 PM (ET)

    Moderator:
  • Jennifer Ford, MS, MT(ASCP)SBB, CQA(ASQ)
    Speaker(s):
  • Bobbie Collett Sutton, MD, PhD
    Description:
  • A review of the coagulation cascade and the tools available for the recall of the cascade will occur. In addition, the effects of PCC, FFP, and vitamin K on the coagulation cascade will be discussed. Lab parameters relating to coagulation will be reviewed.