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Transfusion Transmitted Infections: Investigations and Mitigation

From the 2020 Joint Annual Meeting (July 1, 2020)
Presented by Walter Kelley, DO, FCAP
Transfusion is the most commonly performed medical procedure in the United States. Technological advancements have decreased transfusion transmitted infections. When a septic transfusion reaction is suspected, investigation must begin immediately, requiring a team of clinical, laboratory, quality, and public health professionals.

At the conclusion of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify a potential septic transfusion reaction
  2. Outline the critical aspects of an investigation of a potentially infectious blood product
  3. Describe strategies to mitigate potential transfusion reactions

This recorded presentation is P.A.C.E. ® accredited. The instruction level for this activity is Intermediate. One (1) P.A.C.E. ® contact hour and one (1) Florida credit hour in the area of Microbiology/Immunohematology will be awarded to participants. ASCLS P.A.C.E.® is accepted by the ASCP/ASCLS/AGT Board of Certification and all states, including Florida and California, as an approved provider of continuing education for recertification and licensure. ASCLS is an approved provider with CE Broker for Florida licensees.

This intermediate-level program is appropriate for laboratory professionals working in clinical, public health and academic settings.