SUCCESS: Series of Unique Creative Continuing Education Self Studies

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Type O Negative Red Blood Cell Utilization: Preserving this Rare and Lifesaving Resource (Updated Course Release Date: 03/08/2018)
Type O negative blood – every hospital wants a supply on its shelves. But with a prevalence of only seven percent within the population, this valuable resource must be managed with care. Dr. Mair will discuss ways to best utilize lifesaving type O negative red blood cells.

The Effect of Red Cell Storage Duration on Clinical Outcomes (Release Date: 06/05/2013)
Red cells undergo a series of morphological and biochemical changes over time, termed the storage lesion. Transfusion of older red cells has been associated with poorer clinical outcomes in animal and retrospective clinical studies, suggesting a need to change clinical practice. These studies are confounded by methodological weaknesses and confirmation will require large prospective randomized, controlled trials which are currently underway. Pilot randomized feasibility studies do not yet support an urgent need to change current practice.

Perioperative Blood Recovery & Acute Normovolemic Hemodilution (release date: August 27, 2014) This course addresses two approaches to providing autologous blood for patients undergoing surgery: perioperative salvage and acute normovolemic hemodilution (ANH). The technical and clinical aspects will be discussed as well as the indications, advantages, disadvantages, and possible complications. The program concludes with a discussion of how salvage and ANH might contribute to a complete transfusion program.