Session Descriptions

8:30am-9:30am
Sunday June 2
Plenary/Awards
 
John Moulds Memorial Lecture
Provision of Blood for the Highly Immunized Patient,  Sandra Nance, MS, MT(ASCP)SBB  
The lecture will focus on the need for appropriate resolution of complex serologic cases, using all the tools in the immunohematologists toolbox, the inclusion of a personalized medicine approach to these cases. Concepts regarding RHCE allele selected products and testing with monocyte monolayer assays will be discussed. The provision of rare blood through the American Rare Donor Program and requirements for information for international requests are important to understand when rare blood is needed.
9:30am-10:30am
Sunday June 2
AIMS

 
Thalassemia – Alloimmunization & Antigen Matching Practices
RBC alloimmunization for Thalassemia Patients, Zora Rogers, MD

Matching Practices for Thalassemia - Blood Center Perspective, Samantha Ngamsuntikul (Gomez), MD




10:45am-11:45am
Sunday June 2
AIMS

 
Hemoglobinopathies: The Best and the Worst
BMTs in sickle and Thalassemia patients Victor Aquino, MD
The presentation will review the process and indications for bone marrow transplantation in children with sickle cell anemia and thalassemia

Hyperhemolysis in Sickle Cell Disease, Eric Gehrie, MD

One of the most feared complications of transfusion in the sickle cell disease population is hyperhemolysis (also known as bystander hemolysis), which is the phenomenon where a patient red blood cells are destroyed as a result of transfusion. In this case-based exercise, Dr. Gehrie will explain how to recognize this important transfusion complication, and what the laboratory should be prepared to provide to affected patients.

1:00pm-2:00pm
Sunday June 2
AIMS
 
Nuts and Bolts: Reimbursement &  AABB IRL Standards Changes
CMS Reimbursement for Genotyping, Suzanne Butch, MLS(ASCP)SBB, DLM
This session will review the billing process and codes used in billing for genotyping laboratory testing. A process for investigating denied claims will be discussed. 

I Fought Law, Monica Kalvelage,  MS, MT(ASCP)MB, SBB 
This session is designed to review common citations issued by AABB and CAP, best behavior during an audit, and to recap changes made to the Standards, 10th edition for IRL.

2:15pm-4:15pm
Sunday June 2
AIMS
 
Roundtable Discussions & Blood Bank Trivia
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8:30am-10:30am
Monday June 3

AIMS
 
Blood Group Antigens and their Expression
Modifiers of Red Cell Antigen Expression: Margaret Keller, PhD
​There are cases where a patient or donor red cells lack an antigen or antigens, yet the gene encoding those antigens is found to be intact and without deleterious mutation. This talks aims to show how deletions or mutations elsewhere in the genome can impact antigen expression and how molecular methods can aid in determining the phenotype and blood needs.

Blood Group Review - KIDD, Janis Hamilton
10:45am-11:45am
Monday June 3
AIMS
 
Big C Discrepancies & Drug Interference 
C Typing Discrepancies - Genotype vs Phenotype, Tina Horn, MS, MLT(ASCP)SBB
This presentation will describe typing discrepancies involving the big C antigen in both the patient and donor populations. The molecular characteristics of the RHD and RHCE genes will be discussed and variants that may cause C typing discrepancies will be outlined. Through several case studies, the audience will experience different scenarios where the C antigen type was discordant and how molecular testing can help resolve such issues.

Attack of the Clonals: How to Deal with Anti-CD38 and Anti-CD47 Interference,  Chris Lough, MD 
Review options for finding most compatible platelets for Refractory Patients.
    

1:15pm-2:15pm
Monday June 3
AIMS
 
Case Studies
Antibody to an Antigen of High Prevalence: A Voyage into Choppy Waters, Kristin Vail, MLS(ASCP)CM SBBCM
Presentation of case studies that involve the methods and procedures utilized in the identification of an antibody of high prevalence. Discussion of subsequent testing and the transfusion management options in such cases.