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CEU CASE STUDY: BASIC PROBLEM RESOLUTION

This program will provide the opportunity to recognize aberrant test results in the initial testing of a blood bank sample. A step-by-step process used to resolve them is discussed. The fundamental approach presented is not only appropriate for this scenario, but for all situations involving unexplained reactivity in initial blood bank testing.

TARGET AUDIENCE: Technologists, Technicians, Laboratory Managers

LEVEL: Basic to Intermediate

SUCCESSTM CREDITS: 1 CEU

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LEARNING OBJECTIVES
At the conclusion of this course, participants should be able to:

  1. Describe how an autocontrol can assist in identification of the cause of a positive antibody screen.
  2. Describe the reaction characteristics of rouleaux.
  3. Take additional steps to account for all observed reactivity.
  4. Describe the proper use of the prewarm technique.

LEARNING TASKS
To receive CEU credit for this course, participants must:

  1. Review the presentation "Basic Problem Resolution: A Case Study."
  2. Take the online Post-Test.
  3. Complete the online Course Evaluation.
  4. Print the certificate awarding 1 SUCCESSTM CEU.

FACULTY
Steven Brennan, BS, MT(ASCP)
Reference Technologist
Pacific Northwest Region, American Red Cross Blood Services
Portland, Oregon

LEARNING REFERENCES

  1. Standards for Blood Banks and Transfusion Services, 27th ed. Bethesda, MD: AABB Press, 2011.
  2. Roback, JD, ed. Technical Manual, 16th ed. Bethesda, MD: AABB Press, 2008.
  3. Leger RM, Garratty G. Weakening or loss of antibody reactivity after prewarm technique. Transfusion 2003;43:1611-14.

DISCLAIMER
The opinions expressed in this educational activity are those of the faculty and do not necessarily represent the views of the American Red Cross Biomedical Services. Information herein is presented for educational purposes only.

RELEASE DATE: May 1, 2011

EXPIRATION DATE: April 30, 2018

ESTIMATED TIME TO COMPLETE COURSE: 1 hour