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 2021 Virtual Fall Review

To obtain a Certificate of Attendance after viewing any of our recordings,
please send a request e-mail to Jennifer.Jung.
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The first session of the HAABB 2021 Virtual Fall Meeting went live on 10/27/2021.  This session featured two fabulous speakers from Community Blood Center of Greater Kansas City.  Shay Jones presented Virtual Learning in the Time of COVID followed by Megan Dupont who presented a case study titled Hemolytic Disease of the Fetus and Newborn Due to Alloanti-M.

The objectives for Shay's presentation are
•      Compare and contrast in-person learning vs. virtual learning
•      Discuss options taken to provide virtual learning to customers
•      Discuss plans for the future of education

The objectives for Megan's case study are
  •  Briefly review Hemolytic Disease of the Fetus and Newborn
  •  Describe how dithiothreitol (DTT) is helpful in differentiating IgM from IgG antibodies
  •  Review of patient case

The second session of the HAABB 2021 Virtual Fall Meeting was hosted on 11/03/2021. This session featured Dr. Allison Wheeler from Vanderbilt University Medical Center who presented TTS/VITT after COVID-19 Vaccination and a case study presented by Dr. Bernadette West from American Red Cross titled “It’s Not Easy Being Green.” 

The objectives of Dr. Wheeler's talk are
  • To review the clinical presentation of TTS/VITT, and explore the similarities and differences between diagnostic criteria for TTS/VITT
  • To explore the pathophysiology of TTS/VITT, including understanding of HIT and autoimmune HIT physiology 
  • To discuss the recommended evaluation and treatment of TTS/VITT, including the limitations of the laboratory assessment

“It’s Not Easy Being Green” is a case study involving a colorful plasma.  Plasma for transfusion has greater color variations than any other blood product. What are some possible causes and what is acceptable?  View the presentation to find out what was learned in this very interesting case study.  
The third session of the HAABB 2021 Virtual Fall Meeting was hosted on 11/10/2021.  This session featured three outstanding speakers from the American Red Cross.  Dr Yvette Miller presented Meeting the Transfusion Needs of Patients With Sickle Cell Disease: It’s About More Than Blood and Kelly Kezeor and Emily Wilson presented Interactive Case Studies.

Participants of Dr. Miller's presentation will be able to
1.  Discuss why African American blood donors are needed to support the transfusion needs of patients with Sickle Cell Disease.
2.  Discuss how racism and bias affects the care of patients with Sickle Cell Disease.
3.  Describe how to improve the healthcare of patients with Sickle Cell Disease.

Kelly and Emily will allow the audience to choose their own adventure as they work through two complex case studies from the Immunohematology Reference Laboratory.  

Due to the nature of this presentation, handouts are not available.