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On-Demand eCasts

19EL-472 On-Demand eCast: Iron Deficiency in Blood Donors – An Update

Expiration Date: Sep 11, 2022

Credits: None available.


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

Live Program Date: Wednesday, September 11, 2019
Master Program Number: 19EL-472 

Educational Track: Scientific
Topic: Transfusion Medicine
Intended Audience: CEOs, Directors, Donor Recruitment Staff, Hospitals, Hospital Blood Banks, Laboratory Staff, Managers/Supervisors, Medical Directors, Nurses, Physicians, Research Scientists, Resident/Fellow, Scientists, Students (MD, MT, SBB), Technologists
Teaching Level: Intermediate

Director: Suchi Pandey, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Stanford Blood Center, Associate Clinical Professor, Stanford School of Medicine, Palo Alto, CA
Moderator: Kelly Meyer, Webcast Specialist, AABB, Bethesda, MD
Speakers: Ralph R. Vassallo, MD, FACP, Executive Vice President, Chief Medical & Scientific Officer, Vitalant, Inc., Scottsdale, AZ; Samantha Gomez Ngamsuntikul, MD, Associate Medical Director, BioBridge Global, San Antonio, TX

Learning Objectives

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

  • Describe recent scientific studies that have increased our knowledge about iron deficiency in blood donors and strategies to limit and prevent iron deficiency in donors.
  • Review strategies that Blood Centers have implemented to mitigate iron loss in blood donors.
  • Explain challenges Blood Centers face in implementing strategies to limit and prevent iron deficiency in donors.

Program Description: Studies show that iron deficiency is common in blood donors and certain donor groups are at higher risk, such as young donors, female donors, frequent donors, and donors with borderline low hemoglobin values. To address this, AABB has issued updated recommendations to blood collection establishments regarding strategies to limit and prevent iron deficiency in blood donors, especially in those subpopulations at increased risk. Strategies include increasing inter-donation intervals, measuring ferritin and providing iron supplementation. This eCast will review studies evaluating iron deficiency in blood donors and describe the experience at blood centers employing different mitigation strategies, including ferritin testing and providing vouchers for iron supplements.

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.


  • Suchitra Pandey, MD, Clinical Associate Professor, Chief Medical Officer, Stanford University, Dept of Pathology



  • 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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