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On-Demand eCasts

21EL-636 On-Demand eCast: Ethical Issues in Transfusion Medicine and Blood Banking

Expiration Date: May 13, 2024

Credits: None available.


Live Program Date: Thursday, May 13, 2021
Program Number: 21EL-636

Educational Track: Technical/Clinical
Topics: Ethical/Legal Issues, Patient Transfusion, Public Policy, Special Patients and Situations
Intended Audience: Directors, Hospital Blood Banks, Hospitals, Immunohematology Reference Labs (IRL’s), Laboratory Staff, Managers/Supervisors, Medical Directors, Nurses, Perfusionists, Physicians, Residents/Fellows, Students (MD, MT, SBB), Technologists, Transfusion Safety Officers
Teaching Level: Advanced, Intermediate

(titles and affiliations at the time of the live program)
Director/Moderator: Michael Passwater, MT(ASCP)SBB,DLM, Blood Bank, HLA & Hematopathology Manager, UF Health Shands Hospital, Gainesville, FL
Speakers: Hilary F. Ryder, MD, MS, FACP, FHM, HEC-C, Clinical Ethicist, Associate Professor of Medicine, Texas Christian University and UNTHSC School of Medicine; Director, Internal Medicine Education, Texas Health Fort Worth, Fort Worth, TX; Justin Kreuter, MD, Consultant and Instructor, Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

Program Description
Practicing Transfusion Medicine can involve challenging ethical situations because blood is a voluntarily donated precious medical resource with a limited shelf life. Both supply and demand can be uncertain. This eCast will explore ethical dilemmas such as resource allocation when demand is anticipated to exceed supply, blood refusal, donor incentives, informed consent, and introducing investigational treatments. These topics will be approached from the perspective of both an ethicist and a transfusion medicine specialist, with the goal of applying a practical ethics framework.

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

  • Discuss common ethical issues in the field of Transfusion Medicine.
  • Apply a practical ethics framework to approaching real-world Transfusion Medicine ethical dilemmas.
  • Discuss how your hospital ethics committee can help you resolve ethical disputes, create ethical policies and provide ethics education.

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.

Director & Moderator(s):


  • Hilary F. Ryder, MD, MS, FACP, FHM, HEC-C, Texas Christian University and UNTHSC School of Medicine; Texas Health Fort Worth
  • Justin D. Kreuter, MD, Consultant and Instructor, Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, Mayo Clinic


  • 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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