CLS1250X Blood Bank Didactic Lectures

Course Description

Transfusion Medicine Didactic lectures reinforce and are a companion to the practical laboratory experience rotation for Transfusion Medicine. The lectures will cover a wide range of practical laboratory procedures focused on Transfusion Medicine subjects. At the finish of the lectures and the laboratory rotation, the student will be able to function independently, accurately, and efficiently in the discipline of Transfusion Medicine techniques.

Learning Outcomes

At the completion of the Transfusion Medicine rotation, the student must demonstrate competence in the following areas:

  1. Routine daily instrument start up. to include taking blood inventory, instrument calibrations, Serofuge calibration and use, check blood bank refrigerators and alarm systems for acceptable performance,
  2. Check performance of plasma thawer.
  3. Check operation of platelet rotator and incubator.
  4. Check all water baths, heat blocks, and other essential temperature dependent equipment.
  5. Perform daily quality control procedures taking note of any out of range instruments and immediately reporting the problem to the Supervising Clinical Laboratory Scientist.
  6. Set up and evaluate both forward and reverse .ABO blood grouping.
  7. Perform weak D testing and discuss the significance of the finding.
  8. Antibody detection and identification to include both direct and indirect Coomb's.
  9. Perform antibody screening and identification.
  10. Analyze and resolve multiple antibiody abnormalities using the techniques of elution, absorption, enzyme techniques, and neutralization.
  11. Perform various crossmatch techniques ( compatability testing),and discuss the the consequences of clerical or technical test errors. Investigate hemolytic disease states of the newborn using cord blood, prenatal or post natal blood samples.
  12. Discuss in a clear and complete manner, the advantages and disadvantages of blood component therapy.
  13. Discuss in a clear manner the management of the Blood Bank inventory, the importance of maintaining the reagent supply, releasing blood units for patient use, and replenishment of current inventory.
  14. Familiarization with emergency situation policies.
  15. Periodically review required proficiency testing results (AABB, CAP). Analyze results reporting any abnormal results to Supervising Clinical Laboratory Scientist.