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Pathogen Reduction:
A Proactive Approach to Improving Blood Product Safety in the Hospital Setting - On Demand

Subject Description

Bacterial contamination in blood products such as platelets and plasma present a significant infectious risk to patients receiving blood transfusions.  The emergence of new pathogens such as babesia, dengue, chikungunya, and zika also present additional risks.

Learning Objectives

  1. Define the risk of bacterial contamination in platelets and discuss recently published case studies of transfusion transmitted infections.
  2. Describe the mechanisms of action and safety parameters of the available methods for psoralen treated also known as pathogen reduced platelets.
  3. Review the clinical, in vitro, and hemovigilance data for psoralen treatment or pathogen reduction process.
  4. Describe the current developmenets and current airms for the future patheogen reduction of red blood cells.

Level of Instruction


Author / Speaker

Jeff Huxford, MMSc
Senior Medical Liaison, Cerus Corporation, Concord, CA

Jeff has more than thirty years of experience in the discipline of blood management and blood management related products. This includes first hand clinical experience as an Anesthetist managing transfusions. He has extensive industry related experience focused on educating surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses, and laboratory and blood bank professionals on topics such as blood safety, coagulation, goal directed transfusion strategies, and immunogenicity.

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.: 368-035-19
Contact Hour: 1.0
Expires On: Apr 10, 2021 at 12:00 am CT the day of

Professional Acknowledgment for Continuing Education

Cerus Corporation is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP15148 for 1.0 contact hours.

CBRN: 102
Contact Hour: 1.0
Expires On: Jan 20, 2020 at 12:00 am 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 22498

Expires On: Jan 20, 2020 at 12:00 am 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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