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On-Demand eCasts

20EL-513 On-Demand eCast: Donor Deferral Dilemmas

Expiration Date: Mar 5, 2023

Credits: None available.


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

Live Program Date: March 5, 2020
Master Program Number: 20EL-513

Educational Track: Quality Education
Topic: Transfusion Medicine (Hemovigilance)
Intended Audience: Directors, Donor Recruitment Staff, Hospital Blood Banks, Managers/Supervisors, Medical Directors, Nurses, Research Scientists, Scientists, Students (MD, MT, SBB)
Teaching Level: Basic to Intermediate

Faculty titles and affiliations/organizations at the time of the live program:

Director: Srijana Rajbhandary, MPH, Associate Director, AABB, Bethesda, MD
Nancy L. Van Buren, MD, Associate Medical Director, Innovative Blood Resources, a division of New York Blood Center, Saint Paul, MN
Mary J. Townsend, MD, Medical Director, Vitalant, Scottsdale, AZ; Mindy Goldman, MD, Medical Director, Donor & Clinical Services, Canadian Blood Services, Ottawa, Canada

Learning Objectives

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

  • Give example(s) of situations where decision to either defer or accept a donor is difficult to make.
  • Discuss donor eligibility issues in situations with no specific guidance (e.g. athletes and donors with certain medical conditions).
  • Describe best practices to ensure donor safety among such uncommon donors.

Program Description: Have you had difficulty with donor deferral in situations where there is no specific guidance? Blood donation among athletes, medication deferrals, donors who underwent the new stem cell treatment, and donors with medical conditions (e.g. cardiac disease). The list can go on-and-on. This eCast will go over donor eligibility criteria to ensure donor safety and cover such difficult situations. Participants will also be invited to list their most troublesome eligibility issues to be addressed during the program.

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.

Moderator & Speaker(s):



  • 1.25 - General Continuing Education (GEN)
  • 1.25 - Florida Lab Personnel (FLP)
  • 1.25 - California Lab Personnel (CLP)

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