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Babesiosis and Transfusion Medicine

From the 2023 Joint Annual Meeting (recorded 6/29/2023)
Presented by Joseph Sweeney, MD, FRCPATH

This session includes a discussion on Babesiosis, including how it can be transmitted by blood transfusion, the treatment of severely infected patients with red cell exchange, and how warm autoimmune hemolytic anemia can occur as a late complication.

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

  • Identify modes of transmission of babesiosis
  • Identify the methods used to interdict transfusion transmitted babesiosis.
  • Summarize the role of red cell exchange in the treatment of severe babesiosis.

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.