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Platelet transfusion decisions are too important to be made by looking at just one number. Joe Sweeney wants to show you a better way!

Joe Sweeney Platelet transfusion podcast

Dr. Joe Sweeney

Far too many platelet transfusion decisions are made by evaluating a single laboratory value (the platelet count). Dr. Joe Sweeney believes we need more information to make better choices.

Better Information Means Better Decisions

Platelet transfusion decisions can be complex, and there is wide practice variability both within institutions and among different subspecialty services. In this wide-ranging, very practical interview, Dr. Sweeney describes current platelet transfusion guidelines and a more thorough approach to caring for thrombocytopenic patients. More importantly, he helps us understand the questions we should be asking, whether we are in charge of transfusing a patient or reviewing someone else’s transfusion decisions.

Joe Sweeney Platelet transfusion podcast

Dr. Joe Sweeney

Far too many platelet transfusion decisions are made by evaluating a single laboratory value (the platelet count). Dr. Joe Sweeney believes we need more information to make better choices.

Better Information Means Better Decisions

Platelet transfusion decisions can be complex, and there is wide practice variability both within institutions and among different subspecialty services. In this wide-ranging, very practical interview, Dr. Sweeney describes current platelet transfusion guidelines and a more thorough approach to caring for thrombocytopenic patients. More importantly, he helps us understand the questions we should be asking, whether we are in charge of transfusing a patient or reviewing someone else’s transfusion decisions.

I think it’s really important as we try to manage all blood components to shift transfusion culture, and part of that is talking to our colleagues, not the morning of the procedure when it becomes a bit of an emergency, but actually long in advance of that, you know, weeks or months in advance to go to their meetings and to talk to them about these issues and that helps a lot. It may not solve every problem, but it helps in many, many situations.

Joseph Sweeney, MD

About My Guest:

Dr. Joseph Sweeney received his Medical Degree from the National University of Ireland and trained in Internal Medicine and Hematology in Dublin, Ireland. He subsequently trained in New York in Clinical Hematology, Blood Banking and Medical Oncology. He is a former Medical Director of the Hemophilia Center and Medical Director of the Blood Bank at Roswell Park Cancer Center in Buffalo and former Chief Medical Officer and Head of Research at the American Red Cross in Norfolk, Virginia. He is now Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and Director of Transfusion Medicine and Coagulation at Brown University.

Dr Sweeney is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Hematology and Blood Banking. He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians; a Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists (UK) and a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland in the Faculty of Pathology. Dr. Sweeney has extensive experience and expertise in Transfusion Medicine: He has edited two books, written several book chapters and over 230 scientific papers and abstracts. He has served as a member of the Technical Committee of the AABB, and currently serves on the editorial board of Transfusion, and is a reviewer for several Journals including the American Journal of Clinical Pathology and Vox Sanguinis.

FREE Continuing Education!

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

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 Dr. Sweeney nor I have any relevant financial disclosures.

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