Massive Transfusion: Not Just a Blood Bank Problem (by CACMLE) (Online Course)

Mary Berg, MD, Medical Director, Transfusion Services, Associate Professor of Pathology, University of Colorado

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Continuing Education Credits


  • Describe the normal physiologic responses to acute blood loss.
  • List changes in laboratory parameters that are commonly seen as a result of dilutional coagulopathy.
  • Describe the 'storage lesion of blood' and its effect on the massively transfused patient.
  • Define the late side effects of massive transfusion.

Course Outline

  • PowerPoint Slides
      • Massive Transfusion: Not Just a Blood Bank Problem
      • Today's Topics
      • A True-Life Example
      • Initial Lab Values
      • Initial Lab Values, cont.
      • Acute Hemorrhagic Anemia
      • Patient has trauma to thorax
      • Lab Values (19:31)
      • Dilutional Anemia
      • Traumatic Code Arrest
      • Following the Labs
      • Dilutional Coagulopathy
      • Following the Labs
      • Early Side Effects of Massive Transfusion: The Storage Lesion of Blood
      • Following the Labs
      • Late Side Effects of Massive Transfusion
      • After the Massive Transfusion
      • Final Tally - (19:15 - 02:25)
      • An Obstetric Example
      • An Obstetric Example, cont.
      • Obstetric Case, Lab Values
      • Obstetric Case, Lab Values - cont.
      • An Example of Gastrointestinal Hemorrhage
      • GI Hemorrhage Case, cont.
      • GI Hemorrhage Case, cont.
      • GI Hemorrhage Case, Lab Values
      • GI Hemorrhage Case, Lab Values - cont.
      • Final Thoughts
      • The End

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