Level of instruction: Intermediate
Intended audience: Laboratory personnel who are involved in the production and processing of blood and blood components, including compatibility testing. This course is also useful for Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) students and all MLS, MLT, and MT personnel who would like to maintain their knowledge and skills in transfusion medicine.
Author: Suzanne H. Butch, MA, MLS(ASCP)CM, SBB, DLM is the Administrative Manager for Healthcare, Blood Bank & Transfusion Service at the University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She holds a Bachelors in Medical Technology from the University of Michigan, a Masters Degree in Management and Supervision from Central Michigan University, and Certifications as a Specialist in Blood Bank, as a Quality Audit and as a Diplomate in Laboratory Medicine. She has edited books and written numerous book chapters and articles and has been invited to present numerous lectures in the field of computerization in the blood bank, automation and transfusion medicine.
Reviewer: Barbara Cebulski, MS, MLS(ASCP)CM is a Program Director for MediaLab, Inc., located in Lawrenceville, GA. She has over 30 years experience in the medical laboratory profession as a technologist, section supervisor, and laboratory manager. She also was employed for nine years by the College of American Pathologists in the Laboratory Accreditation Program. Barbara holds a Masters in Instructional Technology from Georgia State University.
Course content: This course reviews good manufacturing practices that apply to Transfusion Services and correlates these practices with the regulations that are part of Title 21 of the US Code of Federal Regulations. Laboratory staff in the United States who manufacture blood components are expected to comply with and understand these regulations.