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ABO, Rh, and the Selection of Transfusable Blood Components 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 course will discuss the significance of ABO and Rh compatibility when selecting blood products for transfusion and examine numerous studies that have driven best practices throughout the years. It will examine specific situations where it is acceptable, and even recommended best practice, to transfuse blood products that don’t meet typical ABO/RH selection criteria.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Describe when ABO and Rh compatibility is significant
  • Define at least three situations where it is acceptable to transfuse blood products that do not meet typical ABO/Rh selection criteria

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

Chris Gresens, MD
Chief Medical Officer, Vitalant

Clinical Professor
UC Davis School of Medicine

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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