Subject Description

This course will discuss the clinical indications for the use of red cells, plasma, platelets, cryoprecipitate, and product attributes and the literature that supports those clinical indications. At the conclusion of the session, the participant should be familiar with the origins of human-to-human blood transfusions, the evidence-based recommendations for blood component transfusions, and the indications for blood product attributes.

Learning Objectives

  1. Describe the history of blood transfusions
  2. Define the indications for red cell, platelet, plasma, and cryoprecipitate transfusions
  3. Describe the appropriate use for product attributes

Level of Instruction


Author / Speaker

Houston 'Buddy' Nguyen

Houston "Buddy" Nguyen BSCLS, MT (ASCP), BIT

Director of Hospital Engagement and Education
Cerus Corporation

Houston “Buddy” Nguyen is a Hospital Implementation Director at Cerus Corporation where he is focused on assisting hospitals with implementing INTERCEPT, or pathogen-reduced, products. Buddy is a medical technologist with degrees in Clinical Laboratory Science from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center and in Information Technology.

He has experience working in hospital clinical laboratories and spent more than 10 years in laboratory management before successfully implementing a Patient Blood Management (PBM) Program as a Transfusion Safety Officer (TSO) at Northwest Texas Healthcare System for three years. He then moved on to Blood Systems Inc. (BSI) where he was a TSO and Quality Source Consultant. At BSI, Buddy was also a standing faculty member and co-developer of the Blood Systems Transfusion Safety Officer Training Program.

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.: 368-57-22
Contact Hour: 1.0
Expires on: Mar 1, 2024 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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