Level of instruction: Intermediate
Intended Audience: Clinical laboratory technologists, technicians, and pathologists. This course is also appropriate for clinical laboratory science students and pathology residents.
Author information: Pat Letendre, is a laboratory technologist, educator, and consultant. Currently, she consults full-time in the areas of transfusion medicine, education, professional development, and use of the Internet in education. Ms. Letendre is the Webmaster for the Canadian Society for Transfusion Medicine and the TraQ website coordinator. She holds a Masters of Education degree in adult education from the University
and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Manitoba
Reviewer information: Cindy Lee Jones, MS, MT(ASCP) is the senior blood bank technologist at University Hospital
, Albuquerque, New Mexico
. She holds a BS in Medical Technology and an MS in Horticulture from New Mexico State University
. In her present position, she is responsible for the coordination of student rotation and the instruction of technologist/technician students and pathology residents in immunohematology.
Course description: This course presents a case in which a patient has an unexpected antibody that disappears after he is transfused with 2 units of uncrossmatched group O Rh-negative RBCs. Several blood banking procedures and issues are covered including antibody identification, direct antiglobulin testing, recognition and response to hemolytic transfusion reaction, and antigen phenotyping.