ACE Course: Practical Transfusion Medicine

When:  May 13, 2024 from 08:00 to 16:45 (MT)

Course Overview

In this one-day, virtual and interactive course, we will provide an update on various scientific, technical, and clinical aspects of transfusion medicine. Experts in the field will share their take on recent or interesting literature, as well as their valuable experience, on new usage of blood components, the role of transfusion medicine in conditions such as immune-mediated hemolytic anemia and thrombocytopenia, transfusion reactions, blood compatibility and challenges in feline blood transfusion including xenotransfusion.

The canine and feline sections of the course will each conclude with a video on practical aspects of blood collection in dogs and cats, followed by a round-table discussion between the presenters to debate controversial aspects of transfusion medicine and address any unanswered questions.

Learning objectives:

By the end of the course, you will be able to:

  1. Describe the characteristics of fresh frozen plasma and its derivatives and choose the most appropriate product for a given patient.
  2. Explain the benefits, limits, and potential risks of transfusion therapy in specific conditions, such as immune-mediated hemolytic anemia and thrombocytopenia.
  3. Recognize and manage the various clinical presentations of transfusion reactions, as well as investigate them.
  4. Explain the advantages and disadvantages of the different crossmatch techniques and implement the most suitable one for your clinical context.
  5. Discuss the most appropriate course of action when faced with an incompatible crossmatch result.
  6. Describe best practice in terms of blood collection in dogs and cats.
  7. Describe and discuss current topics in feline transfusion medicine, and explain the circumstances in which xenotransfusion may be a reasonable option, while being aware of the inherent risks.

Key differentiators:

  1. The virtual format allows for the invitation of a large panel of recognized experts whereby material can be presented in both traditional lecture format and interactive panel discussions. Participants will be encouraged to submit questions to help improve clinical practice.
  2. Up-to-date research breakthroughs and expert clinical experience that have immediate clinical impacts will be provided throughout the course.