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.