Subject Description

Bacterial contamination in blood products such as platelets and plasma present a significant infectious risk to patients receiving blood transfusions. The emergence of new pathogens such as babesia, dengue, chikungunya, and zika also present additional risks.

Learning Objectives

  1. Define the risk of bacterial contamination in platelets and discuss recently published case studies of transfusion transmitted infections.
  2. Describe the mechanisms of action and safety parameters of the available methods for psoralen treated also known as pathogen reduced platelets.
  3. Review the clinical, in vitro, and hemovigilance data for psoralen treatment or pathogen reduction process.
  4. Describe the current developments and current aims for the future pathogen reduction of red blood cells.

Level of Instruction


Author / Speaker

Jeff Huxford, MMSc

Jeff Huxford, MMSc

Jeff has more than thirty years of experience in the discipline of blood management and blood management related products. This includes first hand clinical experience as an Anesthetist managing transfusions. He has extensive industry related experience focused on educating surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses, and laboratory and blood bank professionals on topics such as blood safety, coagulation, goal directed transfusion strategies, and immunogenicity.

Additional Information

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Professional Acknowledgment for Continuing Education

Blitz + Associates, Inc. is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, provider number 15148 for 1.0 contact hours.

CBRN: 102
Contact Hour: 1.0
Expires at: Jan 20, 2021 at 12:00 am CT

California Board of Registered Nursing

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