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Bacterial Contamination: Mitigating the Risk

Subject Description

Safe donated blood is critical to improving certain patient outcomes. Transfusion-transmitted infections (TTI) persist despite interventions used to reduce risk. Bacterial contamination presents the most significant infectious risk, followed by the emergence of new pathogens such as dengue, chikungunya and zika.

While current screening tests have lowered the risks from transfusion transmitted infections, these tests are reactive, requiring identification of specific pathogens for which to develop and implement tests.

This activity will outline how blood safety is changing and methodologies to identify and mitigate the risks associated with blood product transfusions.

Learning Objectives

  1. Recognize the incidence of bacterial contamination of platelets for transfusion
  2. Review the patient risk of a septic transfusion reaction due to bacterially-contaminated platelets
  3. Describe approaches for mitigation of bacterial contamination of platelets for transfusion

Level of Instruction

Intermediate

Author / Speaker

Kent Carter, BS PharmD
Senior Medical Liaison, Cerus Corporation, Concord, CA Kent Carter, BS PharmD earned his BS and PharmD at Auburn University and completed residencies at West Virginia University/Charleston Area Medical Center and Hermann Hospital/UT in Houston specializing in Trauma and Critical Care. He served the Senior Clinical Pharmacist at The Methodist Hospital in Houston where he also directed the anticoagulation service. Based on his critical care, surgical and coagulation experience, Kent developed an interest and became extremely knowledgeable in all potential adverse events associated with blood products and the ensuing concerns regarding patient safety. Kent joined the biotechnology industry and further developed his expertise in immunology, cardiopulmonary, hemolytic anemias and clotting factors/hemostasis, and bloodstream and medical device infections. Kent joined the Cerus Corporation as a Senior Medical Science Liaison in 2014 as a key team member at the forefront of professional education regarding new technologies to enhance blood safety directed to medical professionals associated with blood product transfusions.

Additional Information

Cerus Corporation is approved as a provider of continuing education programs in the clinical laboratory sciences by the ASCLS P.A.C.E.® Program.

P.A.C.E.: 368-010-16
Contact Hour: 1.0
Expires On: Sep 8, 2018 at 11:59 pm CT the day of
P.A.C.E. Renewal Pending

Professional Acknowledgment for Continuing Education


Blitz - Associates, Inc. is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP15148 for 1.0 contact hours.

CBRN: 101
Contact Hour: 1.0
Expires On: Sep 8, 2018 at 11:59 pm CT the day of
CBRN Renewal Pending

California Board of Registered Nursing


This program Has Been Approved by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) for 1.00 CERP, Synergy CERP Category A, File Number 00019851.

Expires On: Sep 8, 2018 at 11:59 pm CT the day of
CERP Renewal Pending


Technical Requirements and Assistance

Minimum software requirements:

  • Operating system
    • Windows XP SP2
    • Mac OS X 10.9
    • iOS 7
    • Android 4
  • Web browser
    • Internet Explorer 9
    • Safari 7
    • Latest version of Chrome or Firefox
  • Browser plug-ins
    • Learning activities may be in the Adobe Flash format. The latest version of Adobe Flash is always recommended to view this type of activity.
    • Learning activities may be encoded as MP4 videos. Your browser must support MP4 playback natively or through the operating system to view these videos.

Minimum hardware requirements:

  • Desktops, laptops
    • 512MB of RAM
    • 200MB of hard drive space
    • Intel x86 processor
  • Mobile devices
    • Device capable of running iOS 7
    • Device capable of running Android 4

Minimum connection speed:

  • A broadband connection is required for Adobe Flash and MP4 learning activities.

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