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Focus on Transfusion and Transplant

From the 2023 Joint Annual Meeting (recorded 6/29/2023)
Presented by Yan Zheng, PhD, MLS(ASCP)CM, and Jasmine Kendrick, MLS(ASCP)

Featuring two 30-minute presentations:
Cold-stored Platelets: Past, Present, and Future
This session will discuss the history, current research, and issues of cold-store platelets (CSP), as well as the ongoing clinicals trails when reinstating CSP in transfusion practice as compared to standard care.
From Listing to Transplant: A Day in HLA
With a person added to the transplant list every nine minutes, the testing provided by HLA laboratories is crucial in matching patients with a compatible donor. This presentation will explore some of the testing and analysis used in this process.

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

  • Summarize current clinical usage, policies, and regulations on cold-stored platelets (CSP). Discuss current evidence for the safety and efficacy of cold-stored platelets in transfusion practice. Discuss the ongoing clinical trials in determining the feasibility, efficacy, and safety of transfusing CSP as compared to standard care in actively bleeding patients.
  • Categorize the types of testing used for listing a patient on the waitlist. Summarize the principle of the most common tests offered in HLA labs. Interpret results used in pre and post-transplant monitoring.

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.