This online learning activity will present information about blood component preparation and compatibility, how to administer blood components and recognition of transfusion reactions with the goal of increasing each participant's knowledge about the blood transfusion process and ultimately improving patient safety. 

Level of instruction: Basic

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

This presentation is intended for physicians, nurses, pharmacists, laboratory scientists, and other members of the healthcare team involved in the care of patients with massive bleeding..

Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  1. Define a massive transfusion
  2. Discuss the importance of a massive transfusion protocol (MTP)
  3. Describe the impact of MTP on blood use and patient outcomes

Faculty  - Lisa Baumann-Kreuziger, MD, MS 

Associate Medical Director, BloodCenter of Wisconsin, Inc.
Assistant Investigator, Blood Research Institute
Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine/Hematology and Oncology, Medical College of Wisconsin

Over the years, much discussion has taken place on whether the transfusion of "older" red blood cell (RBC) units is associated with worse patient outcomes.This presentation will discuss what what happens to red cells during storage and look at results from more recent random controlled trials that offer evidence in the debate over the age of blood for transfusion.

Presented by: Matthew Karafin, MD, MS
Associate Medical Director, Transfusion Services
Assistant Investigator, Medical Sciences Institute
Assistant Professor of Pathology, Medical College of Wisconsin