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Pediatric Conundrums 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

Unless you are a specialist in neonatal or pediatric transfusion medicine, dealing with transfusion of tiny and often very ill neonates makes one a little uncomfortable. This course looks at four case studies that review relevant scientific studies and well-established practice guidelines to develop an understanding of the underlying physiologic basis of common neonatal transfusion practices and problems.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Determine if and when it is reasonable to provide fresh blood to neonates.
  • Describe the underlying pathophysiology of Transfusion-Related Acute Gut Injury (TRAGI).
  • Discuss the pros and cons of the relevance of TRAGI.
  • Identify specific settings for which it is reasonable to reduce the volume of platelets.

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 1.0 contact hour of P.A.C.E. continuing education credit.

Speaker Credentials

Mary Townsend, MD, serves as the Senior Medical Director, Corporate at Vitalant in Scottsdale, AZ. Prior to joining Vitalant, she served as the Vice President of Coffee Memorial Blood Center in Amarillo Texas, where she is on the clinical faculty of the Department of Internal Medicine of Texas Tech University Medical School. Mary earned her bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and her master’s degree in Physical Chemistry prior to attending medical school at UT Southwestern in Dallas, TX. She trained in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Pennsylvania and completed her residency in Clinical Pathology at the Medical College of Pennsylvania. She was an inaugural member of the AABB Task Force to redesign the uniform donor questionnaire, serving as its second chair. She chaired the America’s Blood Centers’ Scientific, Medical, Technical and Quality committee and the ABC Donor Adverse Event committee. She has been a member of the AABB Donor Biovigilance Working Group since its inception and was one of three centers to pilot the DonorHart Biovigilance system. She has been an editor of Notify Library since 2015, focusing on donor adverse events and infectious events in recipients.

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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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