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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.

Contract Writing: Understanding Common Contracts in Cellular Therapy

Wednesday, March 19, 2014 2:00 - 3:30 PM (ET)

    Moderator:
  • Suzanne Dworsky, MBA, BS, MT(ASCP)
    Speaker(s):
    Description:
  • This audioconference will present the process for engaging in contracts including: equipment purchases, leasing, reagent rentals, and maintenance,: Information systems, disposables, on time purchase, reagent rentals, standing orders, and encumbrances. Services including: outsourcing services provided within your center, technical services, storage of specimens, cell lines, standard of care processing, facilities, maintenance, housekeeping, human resources, contractors, labor contracts, and intellectual property. Ownership, collaborations and key details will also be discussed. Who within the organization needs to be involved? What are the potential consequences of failure to engage in a contract? Instructional methods will include power point slides with didactic information, case studies, and literature reviews. The information provided will be applicable to the cellular therapy product environment, but also other environments within the health care setting.


Hot Topics in Patient Blood Management: The Maximum Surgical Blood Ordering Schedule (MSBOS), and Evidence-based Hemoglobin Triggers and Targets

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 2:00 - 3:30 PM (ET)

    Moderator:
  • NurJehan Quraishy, MD
    Speaker(s):
  • Steven Frank, MD
    Description:
  • Is the Maximum Surgical Blood Ordering Schedule (MSBOS) making a come-back in blood management? Through lectures, the audience will learn the value of MSBOS and hemoglobin triggers and targets in improving blood utilization and decreasing costs.

Granulocyte Transfusions: Indications, Component Preparation and Transfusion

Wednesday, June 25, 2014 2:00 - 3:30 PM (ET)

    Moderator:
  • Jennifer Ford, MS, MT(ASCP)SBB, CQA(ASQ)
    Speaker(s):
  • Brian Poirier, MD
    Description:
  • This audio conference is designed to review current knowledge about granulocyte transfusions, including a literature review of indications and outcomes. The speaker will share his experiences with donor recruitment, stimulation protocol, and component preparation and transport at United Blood Services in Arizona.

Practical Approaches to Reduce Risk of Transfusion

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 2:00 - 3:30 PM (ET)
    Moderator:
  • Colleen Aronson, MT(ASCP)SBB
    Speaker(s):
  • Megan Shetterly, RN, MS; Suzanne Butch, MLS(ASCP), SBB, DLM
    Description:
  • This program will summarize the different types of transfusion errors that are commonly occurring and options to reduce these risks. Practical and easily implemented approaches that are proven to reduce the more common human errors in the transfusion process will be presented.


Blood Bank Support of Neonatal Patients on ECMO

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 2:00 - 3:30 PM (ET)

    Moderator:
  • NurJehan Quraishy, MD
    Speaker(s):
  • Kathleen Nicol, MD
    Description:
  • Through lecture participants will learn the nuts and bolts of ECMO including blood needs of neonates on ECMO (Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation).


Deviation Reporting: Hematopoietic Progenitor Cells

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 2:00 - 3:30 PM (ET)

    Moderator:
  • Fran Rabe, MS, CQM(ASQ)
    Speaker(s):
    Description:
  • Cellular therapy product deviation reporting to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is dependent on the regulatory categorization of the product. This presentation breaks down the regulatory requirements specific to 361 and 351 products and provides information related to when and how to report to the FDA. Real life deviation case studies provide practical examples of the application of the correct product deviation code.

Blood Inventory Management System: Working between Transfusion Service and Blood Center and Creating the Most Efficient Inventory

Wednesday, September 24, 2014 2:00 - 3:30 PM (ET)

    Moderator:
  • Jennifer Ford, MS, MT(ASCP)SBB, CQA(ASQ)
    Speaker(s):
  • Phil Kolo
    Description:
  • Blood utilization in the transfusion service is not a new topic. However, blood utilization has decreased 5% over recent years. This fact needs to be addressed not only by the transfusion service, but also by the blood center. Blood centers may respond by decreasing collections and asking transfusion services to become more efficient in their product management. It is essential the two parties engage in conversations and become proactive in managing their blood supply in the most efficient manner possible. This presentation describes a model for blood center and hospital transfusion service inventory management resulting in decreased outdate rates and better utilization of specific ABO types.


Addressing Common Citations from AABB and CAP

Wednesday, November 5, 2014 2:00 - 3:30 PM (ET)

    Moderator:
  • Nancy Dunbar, MD
    Speaker(s):
  • Holly Rapp, MT(ASCP)SBB, CQA(ASQ)CMQ/OE; Denise Driscoll, MS, MT(ASCP)SBB
    Description:
  • The AABB and the College of American Pathologists (CAP) accreditation programs provide assessment teams to assist in the continual improvement of laboratory quality, safety and operations. This teleconference will present common citations encountered by AABB and CAP assessors and provide suggestions on how to avoid noncompliance. Experts will help you identify best practices based on accreditation standards to maintain and enhance your blood bank's technical performance.


Storage and Transport of Blood Outside of the Blood Bank: Strategies and Controversies

Wednesday, December 3, 2014 2:00 - 3:30 PM (ET)

    Moderator:
  • Robert Braun, MT(ASCP)SBB
    Speaker(s):
  • Ricardo Sumugod
    Description:
  • The methods of transporting blood for storage and the physical storing of blood outside of the blood bank can be achieved in many ways. Is transporting blood for storage the same as transporting blood for transfusion? This can sometimes be misinterpreted, understanding the requirements and the standards in this area may help strategizing best practice and dispel controversies.