New York Blood Center presents Practical Problems in Transfusion Medicine,
a series of case studies intended for use as self-guided continuing education
material for transfusion medicine professionals. The goal of this program is to
provide simulated experiences in the decision-making necessary for the optimal
care of patients requiring blood product transfusion.
Each case is offered in installments, the first of which provides only initial
clinical and laboratory information. As in everyday practice, the participant
must make a preliminary analysis of the situation and then decide what other information
is required and what laboratory testing is necessary. Subsequent installments
provide additional information, on the basis of which the participant must make
further decisions that will ultimately lead to resolution of the problem.
Throughout the case study pertinent background material is also provided in the
form of Helpful Facts Boxes. This information is necessary for interpretation
and understanding of the case and may be particularly useful to the less experienced
technologist or physician.
New York Blood Center understands that approaches used to resolve transfusion
problems vary among experts and institutions. The approaches presented in this
program are those that we have found to be particularly useful.