Essential Transfusion Practices includes  presentations designed to help all practitioners and caregivers who order transfusions to learn about recent evidence and best practice for guiding transfusion decisions. 

This presentation is intended for physicians, nurses, pharmacists, laboratory scientists, and other members of the healthcare team involved in the care of patients with massive bleeding..

Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  1. Define a massive transfusion
  2. Discuss the importance of a massive transfusion protocol (MTP)
  3. Describe the impact of MTP on blood use and patient outcomes

Faculty - Lisa Baumann-Kreuziger, MD, MS 

Associate Medical Director, BloodCenter of Wisconsin, Inc.
Assistant Investigator, Blood Research Institute
Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine/Hematology and Oncology, Medical College of Wisconsin

This case-based interactive learning activity will review acute transfusion reactions, associated signs and symptoms, expected nursing actions to complete and possible treatment of the reactions. The purpose of the activity is to enable the bedside nurse to incorporate enhanced knowledge of acute transfusion reactions into practice thus improving recognition  and reporting of acute transfusion reactions which is an integral part of hemovigilance.  Improved recognition and reporting will promote transfusion safety and improve blood administration practice.

This online learning activity will present information about blood component preparation and compatibility, how to administer blood components and recognition of transfusion reactions with the goal of increasing each participant's knowledge about the blood transfusion process and ultimately improving patient safety. 

Level of instruction: Basic

Versiti Wisconsin is approved as a provider of continuing education programs in the clinical laboratory sciences by the ASCLS P.A.C.E. ® Program.

Over the years, much discussion has taken place on whether the transfusion of "older" red blood cell (RBC) units is associated with worse patient outcomes.This presentation will discuss what what happens to red cells during storage and look at results from more recent random controlled trials that offer evidence in the debate over the age of blood for transfusion.

Presented by: Matthew Karafin, MD, MS
Associate Medical Director, Transfusion Services
Assistant Investigator, Medical Sciences Institute
Versiti
Assistant Professor of Pathology, Medical College of Wisconsin

Using case-based learning activities,we will examine situations in which patients are evaluated for transfusion. Discussion of the management and decision to transfuse or not to transfuse for the particular blood product will be presented.

Presented by Dr Jerome Gottschall, Senior Medical Director, BloodCenter of Wisconsin

Upon successful completion of the program, 0.5 contact hours of continuing education will be awarded

Using case-based learning activities,we will examine situations in which patients are evaluated for transfusion. Discussion of the management and decision to transfuse or not to transfuse for the particular blood product will be presented.

Presented by Dr Waseem Anani, Associate Medical Director, BloodCenter of Wisconsin

Upon successful completion of the program, 0.5 contact hours of continuing education will be awarded

Using case-based learning activities,we will examine situations in which patients are evaluated for transfusion. Discussion of the management and decision to transfuse or not to transfuse for the particular blood product will be presented.

Presented by Dr Kathleen Puca, Medical Director, BloodCenter of Wisconsin

Upon successful completion of the program, 0.5 contact hours of continuing education will be awarded

Using case-based learning activities,we will examine situations in which patients are evaluated for transfusion. Discussion of the management and decision to transfuse or not to transfuse for the particular blood product will be presented.

Presented by Dr Matthew Karafin, Associate Medical Director. BloodCenter of Wisconsin

Upon successful completion of this program, 0.5 contact hours of continuing education will be awarded