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On-Demand eCasts

19EL-424 eCast On-Demand: Oh no, no O Negs! Inventory Management During Shortages

Expiration Date: Apr 17, 2022

Credits: None available.


This program is available until April 17, 2022
Please note: AABB reserves the right to make updates to this program.

Live Program Date: April 17, 2019
Master Program Number: 19EL-424

Educational Track: Quality Education
Topic: Transfusion Medicine
Intended Audience: CEOs, COOs, Directors, Donor Recruitment Staff, Hospitals, Hospital Blood Banks, Laboratory Staff, Mangers/Supervisors, Medical Directors, Nurses, Physicians, Resident/Fellow, Students (MD, MT, SBB), Technologists, Transfusion Safety Officer
Teaching Level: Intermediate

Director/Moderator: Laura Nelson MLS(ASCP)SBBcm, Reference Laboratory and Product Management Supervisor, LifeServe Blood Center, Des Moines, IA
Speakers: Beau Tompkins, Senior Executive Director, Rhode Island Blood Center, Providence, RI; Kerry O’Brien, MD, Medical Director, Blood Bank, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Assistant Professor of Pathology, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA

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

  • Determine a strategy for handling blood product shortages.
  • Identify ways to reduce the use of O negative red cells and AB plasma.
  • Develop an internal policy and procedure to handle shortages that all staff can immediately follow without issues.
  • Discuss ways to work with hospital customers from the blood center during shortages.
  • Implement ways to try and recruit donors during shortages.

Program Description: Blood product inventory relies on a donor population to donate on a frequent basis and red cell usage to remain steady. In reality, there are many times when blood product inventory is short. This program will address how to handle inventory management in hospitals during shortages and in blood centers trying to address the shortage and still provide products to hospitals. The program will focus especially on shortages dealing with O negative red cells and AB plasma. It will also address ways hospitals can reduce the use of these products by using O positive red cells and A plasma and it address how blood centers can work with hospitals on their inventory management and how to move products around during shortages while trying to recruit donors.

How to Claim Continuing Education 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.


  • Kerry O'Brien, MD, Medical Director fo the Blood Bank; Assistant Professor of Pathology, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center; Harvard Medical School
  • Beau Tompkins, Senior Executive Director, Rhode Island Blood Center

Director & Moderator(s):

  • Laura Nelson, MLS(ASCP)SBB, Testing Services Coordinator II, LifeServe Blood 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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