Plasma Transfusions: Evidence-Based Guidelines

The use of plasma has significantly increased over the past several decades.  It is generally accepted that a significant proportion of plasma transfusions are inappropriate.  Learn what evidence based guidelines have to say about common clinical uses of plasma for bleeding or prevention of bleeding.


TARGET AUDIENCE / PREREQUISITES
This activity has been designed for Technologists, Technicians, Managers

CEU CREDITS:
 1.0 SUCCESS(SM) Program CEU

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

  1. Cite common indications and the rationale for plasma 
  2. Describe current evidence-based guidelines on plasma use
  3. Discuss the potential risks and alternatives to plasma in various clinical settings

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

  1. Review the presentation "Plasma Transfusions: Evidence-Based Guidelines" or read the PowerPoint slides and accompanying notes available as a printable Adobe Reader® file.
  2. Take the online Post-Test.
  3. Complete the online Activity Evaluation.
  4. Print the certificate awarding 1.0 SUCCESS program CEU.

FACULTY
Mary Ellen Wissel, MD
Great Lakes Chief Medical Officer
American Red Cross Blood Services
Columbus OH

ACTIVITY PLANNER
Mary Ellen Wissel, MD
Great Lakes Chief Medical Officer
American Red Cross Blood Services
Columbus, OH


LEARNING REFERENCES

  1. Tinmouth A. Evidence for a rational use of frozen plasma for the treatment and prevention of bleeding. Transfus Apher Sci 2012;46:293-298.
  2. Goodnough LT, Shander A. How I treat warfarin-associated coagulopathy in patients with intracerebral hemorrhagne. Blood 2011;117:6091-6099.
  3. Dzik WS. Reversal of drug-induced anticoagulation: old solutions and new problems. Transfusion 2012;52:45S-55S.

DISCLOSURES
Activity faculty and planners have indicated that they have no relevant financial relationships with commercial interests to disclose. No commercial support was received for this activity.

RELEASE DATE: 07/12/2013

EXPIRATION DATE: 07/11/2017

ESTIMATED TIME TO COMPLETE ACTIVITY: 1.0 hour(s)

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