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Serological Case Studies in the IRL Program Overview

Program Description

Patients who present in a clearly defined manner can be easy to diagnose and easy to treat, but we know that rarely does this happen. This course addresses transfusion management of patients with complex serologic work ups, by examining two case studies of patients who were referred to the IRL.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of the workshop, the participant will be able to:

  • Determine when to refer samples with red cell serological problems to the IRL
  • Demonstrate IRL testing techniques using clinical case studies.
  • Discuss the transfusion management of patients with complex serological work ups

Level of Instruction

  • Intermediate

P.A.C.E. Statement

Blood Systems, Inc. is approved as a provider of continuing education programs in the clinical laboratory sciences by the ASCLS P.A.C.E.® Program

In 1977, P.A.C.E.® was established by the American Society of Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS) to stimulate and serve as the quality assurance mechanism for continuing education programs offered to clinical laboratory professionals. ASCLS strongly supports continuing education opportunities to increase and enhance professional knowledge and ongoing proficiency. P.A.C.E.® ensures that the continuing education programs offered to clinical laboratory professionals maintain high standards of quality and professional acceptability.

CE Broker Statement

These courses are also approved for Florida continuing education credits for Laboratory Professionals and Nurses through Florida Blood Services Provider # 50-2063. Credits will be reported to CE Broker on a monthly basis. To obtain Florida credits, one must pass the quizzes with a score of 80% or higher. Individuals must choose between P.A.C.E. or Florida credits.

Contact hours

  • Completion of this program will provide 1 contact hour of P.A.C.E. continuing education credit.
  • Completion of this program will provide contact hour of Blood Banking Florida CE Broker continuing education credit.

Speaker Credentials

Robin Cusick, MD, is currently the Chief Medical Officer of United Blood Services Arizona and is the Medical Director for the Immunohematology Reference Laboratory and Specialist in Blood Banking training program at Blood Systems Laboratories. Dr. Cusick also serves as a Clinical Assistant Professor with a joint appointment in the Departments of Pathology and Child Health at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix. Dr. Cusick is certified by the American Board of Pathology in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology and Blood Banking and Transfusion Medicine.

Dolores Figueroa, MT (ASCP) SBB, has been the Immunohematology Reference Laboratory (IRL) System Specialist for Blood Systems Laboratories for over 15 years. She holds a certificate in Medical Technology from the University of Puerto Rico, Medical Science Campus. She attended the Atlanta American Red Cross Specialist in Blood Banking School, and is a certified medical technologist and specialist in blood banking through the American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCP).

Technical Requirements and Assistance

To view the program material, you need a computer with a supported web browser and a dial-up or better internet connection. The supported operating systems and web browsers are:

Operating Systems

  • Windows 2000, XP, Vista, Windows 7
  • MacOS X 10.4 or later
  • Linux 2.6 with KDE or Gnome

Web Browsers

  • Internet Explorer 6 or later
  • Firefox 2 or later
  • Safari 3 or later
  • Opera 9 or later

Technical Support

Content Questions

Please contact Dr. Robin Cusick at (602) 343-7133 for questions regarding this program.

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