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A Very Bloody Affair: Veterinary Transfusion Medicine
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10/15/2015 to 11/22/2015
When: 10/15/2015
Where: Online- VSPN
Presenter: Kenichiro Yagi, BS, RVT, VTS (ECC, SAIM) and Sally Lester, DVM, MVSc, DACVP (Anatomy & Clinical Pat

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Real Time Sessions (RTS): Thursdays, October 22, 29, November 5 and 12, 2015; 8:00- 9:30pm ET (USA)

The instructors for this course will be using audio which will require you to have a headset or speakers to listen. If you have any concerns regarding your computer's audio capabilities, please be sure to attend one of the Practice Sessions. 

Level and Prerequisites: This intermediate course is designed for veterinarians, and veterinary technicians working in areas of the field being exposed to blood transfusions or interested in a specialty certification in emergency/critical care or small animal internal medicine. Material appropriate for those working in or wishing more in depth understanding of transfusion medicine will also be provided. Comfort in normal anatomy and physiology, as well as basic understanding of hematologic and immunologic systems will be beneficial in learning the material.

VSPN CE Course: Open to veterinarians and veterinary support staff. 
The Veterinary Information Network (VIN) is RACE Provider #22. 

Course Information/Outline:
Component therapy is the practice in transfusion medicine which employs our knowledge of each compartment of blood to the benefit of the patient, avoiding patient exposure to additional risks from unnecessary components. The most commonly transfused blood component is red blood cells, and in this course we will discuss indications, methods, and precautions to be taken with RBC transfusions. Plasma contain coagulation factors, albumin, and other proteins of interest, and is commonly used to treat a variety of conditions of plasma protein deficiencies. Plasma components have evolved over the course of time, with more options available in treating specific conditions. Platelet products have historically been difficult to obtain, and while this remains the same, there are specific situations and methods that can be used to deliver our patients with needed platelets. While blood component transfusions are mostly proven in their efficacy at treating specific conditions, there are many immunologic and non-immunologic complications that can arise from the act. For this reason, close monitoring of the patients for a collection of parameters is necessary to ensure early detection of complications and swift intervention. Whether your practice has established a very successful donor program with more than sufficient donors to meet your demand (which is often difficult) or not, diligence in conserving blood products and using alternatives to transfusions is important in providing for our patients long term. Some of these methods, such as dog to cat transfusions and autotransfusions have controversies and questions surrounding them.


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