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2022 AABB Annual Meeting

AM22-ST08-E - AM22-ST08-E: (On-Demand) Making Better Decisions to Reduce Errors in Transfusion Medicine (Enduring)

Oct 4, 2022 12:00pm ‐ Oct 4, 2022 1:00pm

Credits: None available.


Transfusion medicine physicians and laboratory technologists are faced each day with making multiple decisions - some routine, others potentially life-threatening for the patient, but any of which could result in medical error affecting patient safety. Few have, however, been taught approaches to improve their decision-making skills.
Decision-making in transfusion medicine could be substantively improved through a range of targeted approaches including cognitive and metacognitive approaches; informatics and artificial intelligence (A.I.) enhanced decision support; and practical tools based on operations research. This session will explore some of these approaches for improved decision-making in transfusion medicine.
A brief introduction will provide context to the topic and describe meta/cognitive skills for enhanced decision-making. The first talk will discuss data-driven and informatics-based approaches, including decision support design, AI-enhanced prediction, and advanced data visualization; the second talk will describe operations-based practical approaches adopted by the Serious Hazards of Transfusion (SHOT) group in the UK for reducing error in transfusion medicine.
Attendees will learn about a broad spectrum of approaches for improving decisions and mitigating medical error that will improve patient safety in transfusion.

Learning Objectives:
  • Explain importance of effective decision-making for mitigating error and improving patient safety in transfusion medicine
  • Compare different approaches towards improved decision-making including cognitive/metacognitive skills training, informatics/AI-enhanced approaches, operations research-based approaches
  • Discuss the feasibility of implementing the above decision-making approaches in transfusion medicine and their potential impact on patient safety


  • Ryan Metcalf, Clinical Pathology Division, Department of Pathology, University of Utah
  • Dr. Shruti Narayan, MD PhD, Medical Director, Medical Director, S.H.O.T. and Consultant Donor Medicine



  • Quentin Eichbaum, MD, PhD, MPH, MFA, MMHC, JD, MMEd, FCAP, FASCP : Nothing to Disclose
  • Shruti Narayan, MD PhD : Nothing to Disclose
  • Ryan Metcalf : Cerus Corporation: Honoraria


Credits: None available.

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