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Introduction to Transfusion Services


Pre-transfusion testing. The laboratory’s role in the evaluation of a suspected transfusion reaction, ABO compatibility, Antibody screen and cross-match.

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    Introduction: Learning Objectives,Overview.
    Blood Components: Overview, Red Cells, Platelets and Plasma , Cryoprecipitate.
    Blood Groups: Overview, ABO and Compatibility, Rh.
    Pre-Transfusion Testing: Overview, Agglutination, Determining ABO/Rh Group, Other Required Pre-transfusion Testing, Other Optional Pre-transfusion Testing.
    Patterns Anti-D, Warm Autoantibody, Antibody to High Frequency Antigen, HTLA, Anti-M.
    Basic Antibody ID: Overview, Exclusion/Inclusion Criteria, Examples.
    Transfusion Reactions: Overview, Haemolytic Transfusion Reaction, Dangerous Reactions without Haemolysis.


    • Name the 4 components that can be made from a unit of whole blood and describe the function of each
    • Define the following terms: antigen, clinically significant antibody,hemolysis, and the complement system
    • List compatible components for the following patient blood groups: A, B, O, and AB
    • Define the antibody screen and explain why it is important in pre-transfusion testing
    • Name 3 crossmatch tests and define when an antiglobulin crossmatch must be done
    • Describe the laboratory's role in the evaluation of a suspected transfusion reaction
    • Define the elements of accurate and thorough testing prior to infusion of blood components to a patient

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