The Antibody Club is now live

You can now work through the first case study to identify which antibodies are present in MJ’s plasma, and then select appropriate tests to find compatible red cells for him.

Complete the eLearning, then join us at the Transfusion Science Symposium at the Adelaide Convention Centre on Saturday 17 October.

You can find the eLearning in Transfusion Online Learning.

The case will be presented and discussed by Chris Hogan, Medical Director, Pathology Services, Australian Red Cross Blood Service. He will also be monitoring our supporting discussion here on transfusion.blog during the month of October, supported by other experts from the Blood Service.

If you can’t join us live in Adelaide, the session will be recorded and made available in Transfusion Online Learning.

Remember our blog will be open from Tuesday October 6 through to Sunday 1 November, so feel free to jump on, ask questions, and participate in the discussions.

Log on to Transfusion Online Learning to enrol in the eLearning and get started.

Join the Antibody Club!

Identifying antibodies can be a challenge at times. Performing exclusions, testing various panels, using different techniques and finally crossmatching, may all be required to provide compatible red cells that will be safe for transfusion to our patients.

Whether you are a scientist or technician, working in a multidisciplinary laboratory or a specialised transfusion lab, you have likely been exposed to antibody investigations in some form.

To assist with these challenges, we’re launching a new eLearning – the Antibody Club – on Tuesday 6 October.

Participants in the Antibody Club will learn how to perform antibody exclusions, select appropriate tests and provide compatible red cells for transfusion, all in the safety of the virtual world.

This package is primarily aimed at scientists and technicians, but is suitable for anyone who is interested in antibody investigations.

Whether you are a novice, or a scientist with many years of immunohaematology experience, the Antibody Club caters for you. You can choose to work through the case scenario on your own (unassisted mode), be provided with direction (assisted mode), or select the tutorial mode which will guide you step-by-step through the antibody identification process.

You will be able to gain one APACE point and download a certificate for each module completed.

Additional Antibody Club modules will be released each year ranging from basic, to intermediate, through to advanced.  You can start with case scenarios depicting simple antibody investigations and progress through to the more complex and challenging

Our transfusionblog will be open for a four week period from the launch date (6 October)to enable discussion around the case itself, transfusion laboratory practices, or anything ‘transfusion’ for that matter!

Complete the eLearning and come along for the presentation and discussion live at the Blood Service Transfusion Science Symposium, to be held in Adelaide on Saturday October 17 2015, ahead of HAA. This session will be recorded and made available on the blog and Transfusion Online Learning in case you can’t make it.

In the meantime, feel free to log on to Transfuse Online Learning (register if you are new to the site) and have a look at the other education we have to offer while you wait for the Antibody Club to be released.

Helen Stathopoulos

Helen is a Senior Transfusion Scientist with the Australian Red Cross Blood Service and SA Pathology.

Adverse events; help is at hand

Our blood supply today is the safest it has ever been, but the latest UK Serious Hazards of Transfusion (SHOT) data shows the greatest risk to the patient is non-infectious complications of blood transfusions such as transfusion related acute lung injury (TRALI), haemolytic transfusion reactions (HTR) and incorrect blood component transfused (IBCT).

It is important for clinicians to be aware of these risks when prescribing transfusions for patients, and equally important for nurses who administer the components to be familiar with signs and symptoms of possible transfusion reactions, and what steps need to be taken if a patient is having a reaction.

We have designed an eLearning module on transfusion adverse events and the first in the series of four has already been released. It’s a quick, simple package primarily aimed at scientists, technicians, registrars, interns and nurses, but suitable for anyone who wants to learn more about transfusion-associated adverse events.

You can find it in Transfusion Online Learning on transfusion.com.au, the Blood Service website for health professionals.

The eLearning is presented as a clinical scenario and allows you to work through the case interpreting results, learning information and answering a variety of questions to help you identify which transfusion adverse event the patient is experiencing.

On completion you will be able to download a certificate and gain one APACE point for each module you work through.

Log on to Transfusion Online Learning (register if you are new to our site) and enrol in one of the modules.

While you’re there, have a look around as you might find other educational material which may be of interest to you. We have a great bedside reference tool; the Adverse events app as well as Adverse events cards suitable for lanyards. Both of these can provide you with information at your fingertips.

– Helen Stathopoulos, Senior Transfusion Scientist, Transfusion Practice and Education