Subject Description

This course will discuss the essential aspects of donor blood collection and processing at blood centers. At the conclusion of the session, the participant should be familiar with the process of donor screening, the process used to manufacture components from whole blood, and additives and preservatives used in the manufacturing of components.

Learning Objectives

  1. Describe the process of donor screening including the rationale for screening questions
  2. Define the processes used to manufacture components from whole blood
  3. Identify additives and preservatives used in the manufacturing of components

Level of Instruction


Author / Speaker

Mary Townsend, MD

Mary Townsend, MD

Senior Medical Director
Vitalant Inc

Mary is a clinical pathologist with a subspecialty of Transfusion Medicine and Blood Banking. As Senior Medical Director at Blood Systems, she has oversight of donor eligibility, donor safety and evaluation of recipient serious transfusion reactions from client hospitals. Mary is a member of the AABB Donor Biovigilance Committee and the AABB Donor Questionnnaire Task Force. She is the recipient of the AABB President's Award for her work in the development of the donor Biovigilance System.

Additional Information

Cerus Corporation is approved as a provider of continuing education programs in the clinical laboratory sciences by the ASCLS P.A.C.E.® Program.

P.A.C.E.: 368-51-21
Contact Hour: 1
Expires on: Jul 11, 2023 at 11:59 pm CT

Professional Acknowledgment for Continuing Education

Technical Requirements and Assistance

Minimum software requirements:

  • Operating system
    • • Windows XP SP2
    • • Mac OS X 10.9
    • • iOS 7
    • • Android 4
  • Web browser
    • • Internet Explorer 9
    • • Safari 7
    • • Latest version of Chrome or Firefox
  • Browser plug-ins
    • • Learning activities may be encoded as MP4 videos. Your browser must support MP4 playback natively or through the operating system to view these videos.

Minimum hardware requirements:

  • Desktops, laptops
    • • 512MB of RAM
    • • 200MB of hard drive space
    • • Intel x86 processor
  • Mobile devices
    • • Device capable of running iOS 7
    • • Device capable of running Android 4

Minimum connection speed:

  • A broadband connection is required for MP4 learning activities.

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