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Transfusion-transmitted infections (TTI) persist despite interventions used to reduce risk. This series of continuing education learning modules will review how blood safety is changing and methodologies to identify and mitigate the risks associated with blood product transfusions.
• Recognize the incidence of bacterial contamination of platelets for transfusion
• Understand the clinical presentation and consequences of infections from contaminated blood products
• Describe approaches for mitigation of bacterial contamination of blood products, especially platelets, for transfusion
• Identify the signs and symptoms of a transfusion-transmitted bacterial infection and review follow-up actions
• Recognize the definition and understand the history of emerging pathogens.
• Describe the factors that drive the spread of emerging pathogens.
• Understand the risks emerging pathogens pose to the blood supply.
• Describe methods to prevent emerging pathogens from entering the blood supply.
• Describe the underlying cause and approaches for addressing Transfusion-Associated
Graft-Versus-Host Disease (TA-GVHD)
• Discuss the AABB Standards for Blood Banks and Transfusion Services (BBTS) that address approaches for lowering the risk of or preventing TA-GVHD.
• Understand the two options authorized by the AABB Standards for prevention of TA-GVHD: irradiation and psoralen/UVA light treatment (pathogen reduction) of platelets.
• Define the risk of bacterial contamination in platelets and discuss recently published case
studies of transfusion transmitted infections.
• Describe the mechanisms of action and safety parameters of the available methods for psoralen treated also known as pathogen reduced platelets.
• Review the clinical, in vitro, and hemovigilance data for psoralen treatment or pathogen reduction process.
• Describe the current developments and current aims for the future pathogen reduction of red blood cells.
Earn American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) for Continuing Education Recognition Points (CERPs), Synergy CERP Category A credits.
Earn Professional Acknowledgment for Continuing Education P.A.C.E. credits.
Earn California Board of Registered Nursing (CBRN) Continuing Education credits.