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Preparing the Military Blood Banking Community for Tomorrow's Fight

From the 2022 Joint Annual Meeting (recorded 6/29/2022)
Presented by Karen Buikema, MS, SBB(ASCP)CM

The coming decade is sure to present significant challenges to the military health system and specifically the military blood program. Five emerging trends—decreased blood donations, increased regulatory requirements, decreased laboratory staff, restricted access to the battlespace, and high in-theater blood wastage rates—all point to serious future challenges with maintaining the blood product supply chain. To best mitigate these challenges the military blood program must take action to build greater flexibility and adaptability into its current operations. By focusing on the four key areas of personnel training, blood inventory management, research and development, and strategic partnerships, the military blood program can best position itself to ensure continued mission success.

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

  • Identify several future challenges that will impact the military blood banking community.
  • Identify several strategies that can be employed to mitigate these future challenges.
  • Summarize the benefits of Low Titer O Whole Blood and the future direction of the military walking blood bank program.

ASCLS is approved as a provider of continuing education programs in the clinical laboratory sciences by the ASCLS P.A.C.E. ® Program. One (1) P.A.C.E. ® contact hour and one (1) Florida credit hour in the area of IH (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.