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TECH125-1009 : Transfusion Medicine
Lindan Spromberg, LVT, BS, VTS (ECC)
October 12-November 16, 2009
Real Time Sessions: Friday evenings, October 16, 23, 30, and November 6, 2009; 9:00pm-10:30pm ET (USA)
This course is designed to help veterinary support staff better understand the different aspects of transfusion medicine. All of the when's, the how's, and the why's will be covered from blood typing and component therapy to how to recognize a transfusion reaction.
All members of the veterinary support staff are encouraged to join; however, the course is focused toward technicians and experienced assistants as well as for veterinarians for establishment of a transfusion medicine team in practice. This course is designed to enable participants in having a better understanding of the basics of crossmatching, blood typing, collection and storage of blood, component therapy, transfusion reactions and emergencies. This course has been submitted for RACE approval for veterinarians and veterinary technicians.
Lindan Spromberg has taught numerous courses online and has spoken at conferences worldwide. Her experience in emergency and critical care medicine enabled her to set up and run a transfusion protocol in her hospital.
Upon completion of this course, the participant should be able to
Week 1: Introduction to blood antigens and blood typing
Content: In the first session, the student will get a basic knowledge of red cell morphology, blood type antigens, and blood types in both the dog and cat. Students will learn blood typing techniques and crossmatching techniques.
Week 2: Collection and Storage
Content: The week two session will cover basic blood collection of blood from dogs and cats. We will discuss how to collect and store all forms of blood products and the different types of additives used during collection and storage. Common myths about storage will also be covered.
Week 3: Component therapy and administration
Content: What, when, where and why to administer each blood component is vital knowledge to properly treat your critical patient. A general knowledge of whole blood, plasma and packed red blood cells will be covered in this session. The course will also cover in detail how to properly administer all forms of blood products.
Week 4: Transfusion reactions and emergencies
Content: All four types of reactions will be covered in this session. What their clinical signs are and how to recognize them before they become life threatening emergencies. We will also discuss what to do if a transfusion reaction occurs.
LIBRARY MATERIALS: Library materials will be made available prior to the topic week so participants will have plenty of time to prepare for the real time sessions and discussion.
MESSAGE BOARD DISCUSSIONS: Message board discussions regarding the topic presented will begin on the day the course opens and continue for one week following the last real time session. These discussions will be held in the VSPN CE course area.
CE HOURS: 6
$120 ($108.00 early bird special if registered before September 28, 2009).
*Students currently enrolled in and taking at least 2 classes or 5 units at an AVMA accredited or CAAHT approved Veterinary Technician Program may be eligible to receive a 50% discount off the regular rate for this course (upon verification of student status). You must include the following information in the comments section of the CE enrollment form in order to be eligible for this discount: your program director's name and contact information (email/phone) and school name.
** NOTE: Registration will be closed when the maximum number of participants is reached or at 5pm ET the day of the first real time session.
**The Participant's Resource Center includes all you need to know about online CE with VIN and VSPN: http://www.vin.com/CE/Public/VSPN/ParticipantVspn.htm
Nanette R. Walker Smith, M.Ed., RVT, CVT, LVT
VSPN Content Director & CE Coordinator
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