The Heart of America Association of Blood Banks is a nonprofit, professional organization dedicated to improving Transfusion Medicine by fostering the exchange of information and bringing education opportunities to blood bank and transfusion medicine professionals.  The HAABB hosts two annual meetings for the Kansas City & St Louis areas. 








HAABB 2018 Fall Meeting PREVIEW

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

AM Session

Case Study

Kathryn Harrison
IRL Manager
American Red Cross, Central Plains Region

Kathryn graduated with her BS in Medical Technology from Wichita State University in 1997.  In 2006, she joined the American Red Cross as a Reference Lab Technologist.  After taking an 11-month hiatus in 2015 to do customer support for the transfusion software company, Haemonetics, Kathryn returned to the American Red Cross to become IRL Manger.  She received her Specialist in Blood Bank Technology in August 2016.  Currently, Kathryn is serving as the President of the SafeTrace TX User’s Group which provides the exchange of ideas and experiences as well as influencing product changes maintained by Haemonetics, Inc.  In her free time, Kathryn enjoys reading, sports, and spending time with her two sons and husband.

It's in the Details: Problems with Blood Bank Testing You Never Saw Coming

Rebecca Bullock

Technical Director

Quotient Biodiagnostics

This presentation examines unexpected variables that factor into Immunohematology testing, including antisera source, saline pH, tube type, and testing temperature, and possible effects these variables have on test results.   Actual cases studies will be discussed, of results obtained when standard protocols were altered resulting in testing problems for blood bank staff.


1. Understand how simple, basic items, such as supplies and standard protocols that we choose to use, affect the results we obtain in testing, particularly in the Blood Bank.

2. Describe the historical, scientific origins of our current standard testing protocols in the blood bank.

3. Discuss unusual case studies where unexpected variables caused problems in blood bank testing, as well as the techniques and logic used in the resolution of the cases presented.

Becky Bullock is the Technical Director for Quotient.  She came to this position in January of 2012 from the American Red Cross, Carolinas Region, Durham Center, where she was the Manager of the Immunohematology Reference Laboratory and the Freezing Laboratory for 23 years. 

Continuing education of laboratory technologists has been a focus for her, having been active in the North Carolina Association of Blood Bankers for over 20 years, serving as a Professional Association Representative on The Council for Allied Health of North Carolina, and with the Education Committee of the South Central Association of Blood Banks. Blood banking and Immunohematology have encompassed almost her entire career, but she reports that she still finds red cell antibody identification, and the body’s serologic response fascinating.

Case Study - Bits and Pieces: When Missed Information Makes an Impact

Megan Dupont

Immunohematology Reference Technologist II

Community Blood Center, Kansas City

This will be a case review of a trauma patient that demonstrates the importance of obtaining accurate transfusion history. There will be discussion of mixed-field agglutination and the techniques than can be used to separate multiple cell populations. The occurrence of method-dependent missed antibody detection will also be addressed.

Megan attended the University of Missouri-Columbia and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences in 2008. She completed her Medical Laboratory Science training at North Kansas City Hospital’s School of Clinical Laboratory Science and obtained her MLS certification in 2010. She attended Indiana Blood Center’s Transfusion Medicine Education program and completed her certification as a Specialist in Blood Banking in 2016. Megan currently holds a position in the Immunohematology Reference Laboratory at the Community Blood Center of Kansas City where she enjoys applying her knowledge as a SBB to complete complex serological workups as well as educate the community on varying topics in Blood Banking. She spends her free time with her husband and 4 stepchildren and enjoys being active in church, volunteering for a local animal shelter, cooking and kickboxing.

How and Why We Implemented a Preop Anemia Service as Part of our Patient Blood Management Program

Dr. Emily Coberly

Medical Director Transfusion Services

University of Missouri Health Care

Katie Dattenwanger

Transfusion Safety Officer

Univeristy of Missouri Health Care

In this presentation we will discuss the importance of identifying and treating preoperative anemia as part of a patient blood management program, and the potential impact it can have on transfusion rates as well as patient outcomes.  We will share our story of the multidisciplinary process we used to implement our preop anemia program (including setbacks and unintended consequences!) and share our patient results.

Dr. Emily Coberly completed medical school and Internal Medicine residency at the University of Missouri Columbia, then practiced as an Internist for 5 years. 


She then completed a residency in Clinical Pathology at MU, followed by a Transfusion Medicine fellowship at Vanderbilt University.  She is board certified in Internal Medicine, Clinical Pathology, Clinical Informatics, and Transfusion Medicine and is currently the Medical Director of Transfusion Services at MU.

Katie Dettenwanger completed her Clinical Laboratory Science degree at the University of Missouri in partnership with the University of Nebraska Medical Center. She sat for her Board of Certification in 2013 and has since worked in all areas of the laboratory in both the hospital and reference laboratory setting. She has been working with Dr. Coberly as the Transfusion Safety Officer at MU Health Care since February 2017.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

PM Session

Case Study - Enzymes and Chemicals: Reference Lab Case Studies

Lauren Deady

IRL Technologist II

American Red Cross, Missouri Illinois Region

Lauren will present two case studies that required chemical and enzyme treatment to complete anitbody identification.

Lauren attended Truman State University and graduated with a BS in Biology in 2009.  She worked in immunology research at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri before attending the Clinical Lab Science program at Mercy Hospital.  She obtained her MLS certification in 2014 and has been working at the American Red Cross Immunohematology Reference Laboratory since then.  In her free time, Lauren enjoys bike riding, cooking, and aerial fitness.  

Clinical Support for Patient Blood Management

Dr. Ronald Jackups

Medical Director

SLCH Blood Bank

This presentation will:

1.  Define clinical decision support.

2.  List examples of clinical decision support that have been successfully implemented to improve blood utilization.

3.  Apply methods to improve existing clinical decision support tools.

Dr. Jackups is assistant professor of Pathology & Immunology at Washington University School of Medicine. He serves as the medical director of the blood bank at St. Louis Children’s Hospital and the chief medical information officer of laboratories at BJC Healthcare. His research interests include clinical decision support for blood product and lab test utilization.

Case Study - ABO Discrepancy Essentials

Veronica Talley

SSM St. Louis University Hospital

ABO discrepancies can be a challenge in pretransfusion testing and resolving them is essential.  Learners will run through a few practical case and learn rules and prescriptives in solving them.

Veronica Talley is currently the Lead Blood Bank Technologist at Saint Louis University Hospital.  previously she has worked at other institution including Baptist Memorial Hospital, Cleveland Clinic and Metro Health Medical Center.  Veronica enjoys working in blood banking because of the unique complexity and challenges it provides.  

Global Outreach in Transfusion Medicine

Dr. Douglas Blackall

Professor Department of Pathology

Saint Louis University School of Medicine

In the course of his presentation, Dr Blackall will seek to fulfill the following objectives: 

    1. Provide a working definition of “global health”
    2. Trace the path that his career has taken in global health initiatives:
      1. Provide practical lessons that he has learned related to clinical pathology practice internationally
      2. Provide personal observations on global pathology practice
        • United Arab Emirates
        • Rwanda
        • Liberia
        • Senegal

Douglas Blackall is board certified in Clinical Pathology and Blood Banking/Transfusion Medicine. He earned his medical degree at the University of Arkansas College of Medicine and then completed residency and fellowship training at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He also holds a masters degree in public health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. Blackall has clinical interests in appropriate transfusion practice and therapeutic hemapheresis. His research interests focus on blood group antigen and antibody immunology. He is now a professor of pathology at St. Louis University where he directs the transfusion medicine service at St. Louis University Hospital and the pediatric pathology unit at Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital. Finally, in addition to hospital service work, Dr. Blackall is a dedicated medical educator and (somehow) finds administrative work rewarding.