1. Harris, Diana J. MT(ASCP)SBB


Blood transfusion and component therapy are an integral part of treatment for patients with certain life-threatening illnesses. Any benefit derived from transfusion must be weighed against the potential risk for complications.


Patients who are chronically transfused present a unique challenge to practitioners. The presentation will focus on alloimmunization to red blood cell antigens, platelet refractoriness, transfusion-associated graft-versus-host disease, and cytomegalovirus infection. Prevention or management of these complications also will be discussed.