Blood Bank 75th Anniversary-Plasma Transfusion: Current Status and Future Directions Symposium

Honoring the 75th anniversary of the establishment of the first U.S. hospital blood bank at Cook County Hospital

To celebrate the Cook County Blood Bank’s 75th Anniversary, Cook County Health & Hospital System in partnership with the Illinois Association of Blood Banks (IABB) is holding a medical symposium at:

  • Oak Brook Hills Marriott, 3500 Midwest Road, Oak Brook, IL 60523
  • March 15th, 2012 8:00 AM – 5:15 PM
  • Registration Form
  • For more information please email or contact Robyn Bruns, LifeSource: (847) 260-2744

In the past 25 years, there has not been a national scientific conference in the US dedicated to reviewing science behind the clinical use of plasma. The National Institute of Health conducted a consensus symposium in 1984 regarding indications and risks of fresh frozen plasma because at that time it was felt that the use of plasma was increasing without solid scientific justification or recognition of the risks of such therapy. Unfortunately, the same is true today.

There is a need to have all the relevant clinical information about plasma transfusion concisely synthesized and then published in a single collective document so that it can be readily identified and accessed. To accomplish this, we plan to hold this symposium. Additionally, we plan to publish the conference proceedings as a supplement in the journal TRANSFUSION.

Generously Supported Through Educational Grants from:

  • Abbott Laboratories
  • American Red Cross Blood Services
  • Baxter International, Inc
  • Blood Centers of America, Inc
  • Blood Systems, Inc.
  • Fenwal, Inc.
  • Heartland Blood Centers
  • LifeSource / Institute for Transfusion Medicine
  • Mississippi Valley Blood Center
  • Roche Diagnostics Corporation
  • Rock River Valley Blood Center

Program Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Describe the properties of plasma components and current clinical utilization of plasma transfusions in therapeutic apheresis, reversal of drug-induced coagulopathy, treatment of severe hemorrhage and in invasive procedures
  • Discuss point-of-care testing issues which impact plasma transfusion
  • Cite adverse effects which can occur as a result of plasma transfusion
  • Employ knowledge gained regarding plasma transfusions to improve patient care

Target Audience

This activity has been designed to meet the educational needs of physicians, trainees, nurses, and laboratory technical staff involved in transfusion medicine.

Level of Instruction

  • Intermediate