“Why are blood bankers so compulsive about little mistakes on a tube or requisition?” “What tests have to be done before we transfuse a patient?” “What does that darn ‘3 day rule’ mean, anyway?” These questions and more answered in part 1 of my interview with the mighty Sue Johnson on Pretransfusion Testing.

Sue Johnson

Susan Johnson, MTSM, MT(ASCP)SBB

To those less familiar with testing and processes in blood banks, the process of Pretransfusion Testing can feel confusing and intimidating. There are tons of rules, and we feel compelled to hold everyone and everything involved to a VERY high standard! In fact, doing something wrong can be front page news, even if nothing terrible ends up happening! Sue Johnson returns to the podcast in part 1 of a discussion of the first two steps in pretransfusion testing, and she will help you understand the “why” behind the tests.

The Five Steps of Pretransfusion Testing

In this interview (part 1 of a 2-part discussion), Sue will detail the thoughts and ideas behind how the specimen is prepared and collected (including just why “blood bankers are sooooo compulsive about all of this!”), then she will take us through the details of the actual tests performed on patient blood in preparation for transfusion. She will explain the strengths and weaknesses of the various testing technologies in use in modern transfusion services, and help you understand why there is no such thing as the “perfect testing platform.” In Part 2, coming soon, Sue will cover product selection, compatibility testing, and product labeling.

You can win a FREE copy of AABB Standards by listening to the podcast! See details below.

Speaker Bio:

Sue Johnson is the Director of Clinical Education at BloodCenter of Wisconsin (a part of Versiti), as well as the director of the Specialist in Blood Banking Program. She has taught laboratory science students for over 20 years, and is one of the most respected voices in Transfusion Medicine education. She is also the Director of the Transfusion Medicine Program at Marquette University and Associate Director of the Indian Immunohematology Program. She has extensive experience as a teacher, author, and international lecturer; in short, we should all listen when she decides to speak!

Free CE

This podcast episode offers a FREE continuing education activity where you can earn the following types of credit: 1 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM, 1 ASCLS P.A.C.E. ® Contact Hour (including Florida Clinical Laboratory Credit), and American Board of Pathology Self-Assessment Modules (SAMs) for Continuing Certification (CC), formerly MOC.

To receive credit, review the accreditation information and related disclosures, please visit Transfusion News Continuing Education on Wiley Health Learning.

YOU could win a copy of AABB Standards!

If you complete any type of continuing education for this episode before May 11, 2018 will be eligible to win one of three FREE copies of the brand-new 31st edition of AABB Standards! Simply complete the CE steps at the Wiley Health Learning site, and you will be automatically entered. If you don’t need CE, that’s ok! Do it anyway, throw away the certificate, and you will be entered as well. Winners will be announced next episode!

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DISCLAIMER: The opinions expressed on this episode are those of my guest and I alone, and do not reflect those of the organizations with which either of us is affiliated. Neither Sue nor I have any relevant financial disclosures.

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