Educational Sessions

with

8:45am-10:15am
Friday, May 31
Plenary/Awards
 

SCABB Award Lectures
Administrative Award Lecture:  Merlyn Sayers, MD
The presentation puts a spotlight on changing attitudes in both the expressions of and appeals to altruism.  Intended Audience:  All; Level:  Basic

Technical Scientific Award Lecture:  CAR T therapies- where are we now?: Geeta Paranjape, MD
Immune response/lack thereof has big role in development of cancer. Using T cells (self or non self) trained to fight cancer offers a great option in the treatment.  Intended Audience:  Technologists, blood bank managers, physicians;  Level:  Intermediate

10:30am-12:00 pm
Friday, May 31
T/S


 Hemostasis
Prehospital Transfusion and the Use of Low Titer O Whole Blood,  Donald Jenkins, MD
 

Managing Hemostasis and Coagulation on ECMO, Lisa Hench, MD (Pediatrics), Art Bracey, MD (Adults)
 This lecture focuses on hemostasis and coagulation management in pediatric ECMO. Topics include bleeding management, pheresis, alternative anticoagulation and laboratory issues.  Intended Audience: Transfusion services and physicians taking care of ECMO patients  Level:  Intermediate

10:30am-12:00 pm
Friday, May 31

Admin

 
Blood Banking Growth
Influencing Your Own Career Path; Avoiding Disengaged Employees, Chad Douglas, MHA
This presentation will discuss how people can take control of their own career path versus waiting on advancements. The presentation will also explain the impact including cost perspective on Disengaged Employees.  How to identify and avoid them.  Intended Audience:  All; Level:  Basic

How Alliances Help Support Community Blood Programs, Nelson Hellwig, MBA
There's been a great deal of change in the blood banking industry over the past 10 years. The presentation will start by reviewing some of these changes, identifying some of the challenges blood programs face to remain viable, and discuss how alliances such as ACTS help blood programs of varying sizes remain independent, viable and successful in the communities they serve.  Intended Audience: Executives, Senior Leaders, Directors, Managers; Level:  Intermediate

10:30am-12:00 pm
Friday, May 31
DRC
 
Millenial Outreach
Digital Marketing 101 for Blood Centers, Heather Georgoudiou, Nikki Stephens
High level training on how digital marketing channels work together and the communication strategies needed to motivate all donor generations, particularly millennial donors who are needed to support the aging donor population.  Here we will dive into website, SEO, digital advertising, social media and analytics during this session, so you can walk away with actionable items to implement in your organization right away.  Intended Audience:  Marketing or Recruitment Management; Level:  Basic​​

2:45pm-4:15pm
Friday, May 31
T/S


 Platelets
Cold Platelets: Right Product, Right Patients, Right Time and Place, Colonel Andrew Cap, MD, PhD 
   Intended Audience:  General, Scientific; Level:  Basic

Rapid Diagnosis of Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpura with Fluorescence Resonance Energy Transfer (FRET) Assay, Stephanie Bates, MD.  
Implementation and use of FRETS-VWF73 assay to quickly diagnose TTP.  Intended Audience:  Technologists, physicians and Students; Level:  Intermediate

Pathogen Reduced Platelet Transfusion, Debra Smith, MD, PhD.  Pathogen reduced platelets: technology, clinical outcomes and refractoriness.  Intended Audience:  Physicians, Residents, Managers, Supervisors, Administration; Level:  Intermediate
2:45pm-4:15pm
Friday, May 31

Admin/DRC Joint Session
 
Cellular Therapy
Cellular Therapy 101, Monica Kalvelage, MSTM, MT(ASCP)MB, SBB
Learn about the world of cellular therapy and how this ties into transfusion medicine.   Intended Audience:  Technologists, Supervisors, Managers; Level:  Basic
 
GCPlus- A Growth Supplement Derived From Expired-Human Blood to Enhance Stem Cell Expansion, Anand Srinivasan, PhD
GCPlus- A Growth Supplement Derived From Expired-Human Blood to Enhance Stem Cell Expansion.  Intended Audience:  Blood banking experts, Researchers, and CDMO; Level:  Basic

8:45am-9:45am
Saturday, June 1
Plenary/Awards


Karen Williams Memorial Lecturer 
Advances in Blood Safety, Kathleen Sazama
Significant discoveries and innovative technological advances during the past 50+ years have resulted in safer blood for transfusion. How we got to where we are underpins where we go from here. Through interaction with participants, I hope to stimulate each person to grasp opportunities to be part of making blood even safer.  Intended Audience:  All; Level:  Basic
11:15am-12:45pm
Saturday, June 1
T/S


Serology Testing

What to follow? Serological or Molecular Antigen Results, Nancy Benitez
This program is intended to review common (ABC) causes of discrepancies between serological and molecular based antigen testing (genotype) results in patients and in donors. The main reasons for discrepancies are: technical, transcription results errors and molecular antigen diversity. Blood group genes are highly polymorphic, causing great diversity among the red cell antigens. A Case review and basic examples will be given to complement the theory. A process to resolve basic discrepancies will also be included.  Intended Audience:  Lab Technologists, MD, Supervisors, Managers; Level:  Basic

Confounding Cases, Lauro Guerra

Serology Testing That Makes You Go Hmmm, Katrina Billingsley
Your antibody detection test is positive and your patient needs blood. Now what? This case-study based presentation will review a selection of unusual antibody work-ups and the methods employed to identify the antibodies and select appropriate units for transfusion.  Intended Audience:  MT, MD; Level:  Intermediate
11:15am-12:45pm
Saturday, June 1


Admin/DRC
 
Hiring
Choosing the Right Employee, Laura Eickhoff, Ed.M., PHR
Intended Audience:Hiring managers at all levels of the organization; Level:  Basic
11:15am-12:45pm
Saturday, June 1

DRC
 

 
Donor Operations
Using Incentives to Drive Employee Behavior, Mike Rogers
Intended Audience:  Recruitment and Collections; Level:  Basic

Understanding and Employing Data Mining and Predictive Analytics, Kelley Counts, MS, MBA
I would have never thought the largest hoteling company [AirBnB] wouldn't have a single hotel and the largest taxi company [Uber] wouldn't own any cabs. With the good use of data, things we never thought possible are happening and can even seem spooky at times. None the less, technology can tap into data to help drive decisions like never before. With all the hype and buzzwords around data, it's hard to make sense of it all. This presentation will pull the curtain back on data science, what it means, and the general fundamentals around predictive analytics.  Intended Audience:  All; Level:  Basic

2:30pm-4:00pm
Saturday, June 1
T/S


 New Therapies
DOAC Therapy, CV Surgery, and Managing Bleeding, Alice Chen MD, PhD
 Newer anticoagulant and antiplatelet agents present significant challenges to planning and performing CV surgery. An overview of these medications, reversal agents, and a practical approach to managing bleeding in the perioperative setting will be presented.  Intended Audience: Physicians, Nurses, Medical Technologists, Hospital Administrators; Level: Intermediate

Evolving Therapies in Hematology, Mary Berg MD
Treatment options for patients with hematologic malignancies have been expanding rapidly in the past few years. This session provides case examples of patients, describing the therapies that were used to treat their diseases and potential issues in the clinical laboratory when these therapies are used.  Intended Audience:  Technologists & Doctors who provide transfusion support for oncology patients ; Level: Intermediate
2:30pm-4:00pm
Saturday, June 1

Admin
 
Flight for Life
Volunteer Mercy Pilot Programs and Blood Banking,  Carvin Brown
In health care, the 1st equation you are taught is speed = life. In blood banking we know this to be a virtual certainty.  In an industry of very specific demands and limited resources, are volunteer mercy pilots a viable logistic tool?  I will share OBI's experience building a mercy pilot program, discuss the pros and cons of implementation, and how it fits in the blood banking industry.   Intended Audience: Logistics, Distribution, Lean Processing; Level: Basic
2:30pm-4:00pm
Saturday, June 1

DRC
 

 
Donor Recruitment Experience
Brothers in Arms From Recruitment Side,  Eric Crawford, Rosalva Cruz- Calderon
The BIA program is transforming the way patients are treated in emergency situations, from automobile accidents to mass casualty events. It has led to a stable, easily replenished blood product for emergency situations. San Antonio is one of the first cities to implement the program. This initiative has transformed the way trauma care is delivered at trauma scenes, onboard medical helicopters and at emergencies involving San Antonio Fire Department Command Units.  Intended Audience:  Recruitment and Collections; Level:  Basic


Changing the Donor Store, Theresa Pina
We all love reward programs from our favorite places and we want our donors to love ours too! Less than 30 percent of our donors were redeeming their points in the current store, and it would take six weeks to receive their items. With new technology and the ability to appeal to more donors, The Blood Center is committed to having the best donor store around. After more than 15 years of the same store, we made a painful change. We will talk about what we did, how we did it, the feedback from donors, what went wrong, what went right and everything in between. Join us!  Intended Audience:  Marketing or Recruitment Management; Level:  Intermediate​​
4:00pm-5:00pm
Saturday, June 1

Plenary/Awards


Ask the Experts
Alice Chen MD, PhD, Chad Douglas
    


5:15pm-6:15pm
Saturday, June 1 T/S
 

 
Hot Topics Roundtable
​​The Roundtable is the opportunity for everyone in Blood Banking/Transfusion Medicine to get together to discuss hot topics and challenges facing our field. It's an opportunity to share ideas and learn from colleagues. Everyone is welcome to attend.