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On-Demand eCasts

20EL-572 On-Demand eCast: ​Immunohematology Boot Camp: Serologic Testing Methodologies and Non-Specific Agglutination

Expiration Date: Aug 8, 2023

Credits: None available.

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

Live Program Date: Wednesday, September 9, 2020
Master Program Number: 20EL-572

Educational Track: Technical/Clinical
Topic: Transfusion Medicine
Intended Audience: Director, Hospital Blood Banks, Immunohematology Reference Labs (IRL’s), Laboratory Staff, Managers/Supervisors, Medical Directors, Students (MD, MT, SBB), Technologists
Teaching Level: Basic to Intermediate

(titles and affiliations at the time of the live program)
Director/Moderator: Geoffrey Wool, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology, Medical Director of Coagulation Laboratory, Attending, Transfusion Medicine/Apheresis Service, Director, Blood Banking/Transfusion Medicine Fellowship Program, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Speaker: Heather Simmons, Analytical Specialist, Duke University Hospital, Transfusion Services, Durham, NC

Learning Objectives

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

  • Explain the various IAT methodologies, their strengths and weaknesses.
  • Define non-specific agglutination (NSA) and discuss a comprehensive work-up to deal with that interference.
  • Identify NSA in immunohematology cases and accurately identify clinically significant antibodies present in a background of NSA, or masquerading as NSA.

Program Description

This program is designed to review the various methodologies for indirect antiglobulin testing, with a discussion of non-specific agglutination and how to trouble-shoot that interference. There will be a significant component of case-based discussion and learning. As part of the immunohematology boot camp series, this program will be directed towards medical technology students, general technologists who would like to be more comfortable covering the blood bank, and junior blood bank technologists.

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 eLearning@aabb.org 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.

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By completing the evaluation, you are attesting to watching the presentation in its entirety. A certificate will be immediately provided after submission.


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