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Credits: None available.
Live Program Date: Wednesday, May 11, 2022
Program Number: 22EL-732
Educational Track: Technical/Clinical
Topic: Patient Transfusion
Intended Audience: Facilities that perform molecular testing, Hospital Blood Banks, Immunohematology Reference Labs (IRL’s), Laboratory Staff, Managers/Supervisors, Medical Directors, Residents/Fellows
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Director/Moderator: Lynsi Rahorst, MHPE, MT(ASCP)SBBCM, Manager, Education & Training IRL/Genomics, New York Blood Center Enterprises, Kansas City, MO
Speakers: Gorka Ochoa-Garay, MD, PhD, Director of Bioinformatics and Assay Development, New York Blood Center, Long Island City, NY; Sunitha Vege, MS, Technical Director, Genomics Laboratory, New York Blood Center, Long Island City, NY
Over the past decades, the number and our understanding of altered RH alleles has increased significantly. While serologic methods were initially used to describe altered Rh phenotypes, molecular methods have provided an explanation for the altered expression of Rh antigens. In addition, they have uncovered over 1,000 RH alleles in various human populations. Understanding the genetic mechanisms that lead to altered RH alleles and the currently available detection methods can improve selection of blood for transfusion.
In this program, the faculty will review the transfusion challenges presented by patients with altered RH alleles and discuss case studies that exemplify the strengths and limitations of current testing strategies.
After participating in this educational activity, participants should be able to:
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