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A Discussion on the Clinical Use of Plasma Program Overview

On September 24, 2018, the Blood Systems organization united under one shared name, Vitalant. Programs posted prior to that date may contain legacy branding.

Program Description

This program will explore the different types of plasma products and their handling, as well as proper and improper indications for use of plasma products. Lastly, it will dive into the considerations of group A plasma vs. group AB in emergency situations.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of the workshop, the participant will be able to:

  • Define the different types of plasma products available for transfusion.
  • Describe the indications for clinical use of these plasma products.

Level of Instruction

  • Intermediate

P.A.C.E. Statement

Vitalant is approved as a provider of continuing education programs in the clinical laboratory sciences by the ASCLS P.A.C.E.® Program

In 1977, P.A.C.E.® was established by the American Society of Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS) to stimulate and serve as the quality assurance mechanism for continuing education programs offered to clinical laboratory professionals. ASCLS strongly supports continuing education opportunities to increase and enhance professional knowledge and ongoing proficiency. P.A.C.E.® ensures that the continuing education programs offered to clinical laboratory professionals maintain high standards of quality and professional acceptability.

Contact hours

  • Completion of this program will provide 1 contact hour of P.A.C.E. continuing education credit.

Speaker Credentials

Dr. Salima Shaikh is Board-Certified in Clinical Pathology and Blood Banking/Transfusion Medicine. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree at Wellesley College and Doctorate of Medicine at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. She attended Massachusetts General Hospital for her Clinical Pathology residency training and the Harvard Medical School Fellowship Program in Transfusion Medicine for her fellowship training. Prior to joining Blood Centers of the Pacific in 2014, Dr. Shaikh was Assistant Medical Director at the American Red Cross in St. Paul, Minnesota for four years. She has also served as an adjunct faculty member in Transfusion Medicine at the University of Minnesota Medical Center and the Veterans Affairs Hospital in Minneapolis. She is a member of the American Association of Blood Banks (AABB) and the California Blood Bank Society (CBBS).

Technical Requirements and Assistance

To view the program material, you need a computer with a supported web browser and a dial-up or better internet connection. The supported operating systems and web browsers are:

Operating Systems

  • Windows 2000, XP, Vista, Windows 7
  • MacOS X 10.4 or later
  • Linux 2.6 with KDE or Gnome

Web Browsers

  • Internet Explorer 6 or later
  • Firefox 2 or later
  • Safari 3 or later
  • Opera 9 or later

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