4336-20 Transfusion Medicine Refresher Course - September 2021 session
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Description: Build upon your initial education in immunohematology and to explore the concepts of immunology, serology and hematology which relate to transfusion practice. You will use a self-directed learning approach, which is the natural learning process for adults, as you achieve the clear objectives set down in this course and make use of the many assembled resources to support your studies.

Start Date: September 1, 2021

Course/Activity Information

Learning Outcomes:

  • Describe a self-directed learning project, thereby relating to independent learning in real life
  • Review a definition of transfusion medicine
  • Recognize terminology relating to immunoglobulin structure and function
  • Completes a review of the immune system to enhance understanding of transfusion concepts Reviews basic genetics as it applies to blood group genetics
  • Recognizes and applies steps involved in processing normal and abnormal ABO and Rh testing results.
  • Completes a comparison of blood group systems attributes (systems other than ABO and Rh).  Reviews commonly required steps in antibody investigation
  • Explain environmental conditions necessary for a successful antigen-antibody reaction in anti-human globulin testing
  • Apply the principles of anti-human globulin testing to antibody detection problems to problem cases
  • Differentiate between methods of antibody detection
  • Explain the tests required to complete the crossmatch
  • Identify critical steps in investigation of a suspected hemolytic transfusion reaction.  List other adverse effects of transfusion
  • List Transmissible Disease Testing requirements for blood donations
  • Identify the types of laboratory errors used in a standardized error reporting system. Identify practical aspects of hemolytic disease of the newborn
  • Describe necessary investigation techniques important in autoimmune hemolytic anemia
  • Identify serologic results associated with warm and cold AIHA
  • Describe one mechanism of drug-induced hemolytic anemia
  • List criteria for selection of suitable blood donors
  • Lists the blood components available from the blood supplier
  • Review the indication, action, precautions, storage requirements, and rate of infusion appropriate to each product
  • Differentiate between blood components and blood products available
  • Review autologous transfusion, blood salvage and directed donation transfusion


Instructor: Shannon Morris

Author: Kate Gagliardi, ART

Version Date: May 2020


Textbook: Modern Blood Banking and Transfusion Practices, 7th edition. Denise Harmening. Textbooks can be purchased through the CSMLS bookstore at


PEP hours: 45

CPS credits: 0

*Note: PEP hours and/or CPS credits will only be awarded upon successful completion of course requirements.


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