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On-Demand eCasts

19EL-400 eCast On-Demand: Patient Identification at the Time of Specimen Collection - Options for Error Prevention

Expiration Date: Jan 16, 2022

Credits: None available.


Please note: AABB reserves the right to make updates to this program.

Live Program Date: January 16, 2019
Master Program Number: 19EL-400

Educational Track: Technical/Clinical
Topic: Transfusion Medicine
Intended Audience: Hospitals, Hospital Blood Banks, Laboratory Staff, Managers/Supervisors, Medical Directors, Nurses, Perfusionists, Physicians, Resident/Fellow, Students (MD, MT, SBB), Technologists, Transfusion Safety Officers
Teaching Level: Basic to Intermediate

Director/Moderator: Nancy M. Dunbar, MD, Associate Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, NH
Speaker: Richard Kaufman, MD, Medical Director, Brigham and Women's Hospital Transfusion Service, Associate Professor of Pathology, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA. Please note: Dr. Mark Yazer, University of Pittsburgh, contributed to the development of the program but was not able to attend the live program to present.

Learning Objectives
After participating in this educational activity, participants should be able to:

  • List the three available options for confirmation of recipient ABO group as specified in AABB Standard 5.14.5.
  • Examine evidence demonstrating that specimens with minor labeling errors are at increased risk for wrong blood in tube (WBIT) errors.
  • Summarize results of the Testing the Utility of collecting Blood samples Electronically (TUBE) Study comparing the rates of sample collection errors in centers using traditional patient identification methods to those using electronic patient identification systems.

Program Description: Appropriate patient identification at the time of specimen collection is critical for safe transfusion. When the sample for transfusion is misidentified (i.e. wrong blood in tube/WBIT), ABO incompatible transfusions can occur resulting in patient morbidity or mortality. Current AABB Standards specify requirements for verification of the recipients ABO group to reduce risk for mistransfusion. Included among the available options is the use of electronic patient identification systems. In this program, the presenters will review current options available to meet pre-transfusion testing requirements, discuss evidence supporting rejection of specimens with minor labeling errors, and present data from the Testing the Utility of collecting Blood samples Electronically (TUBE) Study to determine whether use of electronic patient identification systems reduce sample collection errors.

How to Claim CE Credit

  • Single Viewers: if you registered as a single viewer, complete the evaluation found on the "CE Information" tab after watching the video. By submitting the evaluation, you are attesting to watching the presentation in its entirety.
  • Group Viewers: This is applicable for groups/facilities that purchased Group Viewing access for this program (registration will be verified prior to processing a group viewing attendance log). Group Viewing Coordinators should submit the attendance log to within 72 hours of the completion/viewing date. Once AABB receives an attendance log, each participant on the attendance log will be granted access as a single viewer to this program and will be required to complete the evaluation in order to claim continuing education credit. Each participant will be required to have an AABB account in order to access this program/platform. If a participant does not have an account, he/she can create one using the same email address provided on the attendance log.


Director & Moderator(s):

  • Dr. Nancy M. Dunbar, MD, Associate Professor for the Dept. of Pathology and Lab Medicine; Associate Medical Director of Transfusion Service and Medical Director of Blood Bank, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center


  • 1.00 - General Continuing Education (GEN)
  • 1.00 - Florida Lab Personnel (FLP)
  • 1.00 - California Nurse (CN)
  • 1.00 - California Lab Personnel (CLP)
  • 1.00 - Physician (PHY)

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