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Perinatal Issues and Transfusion lecture
Perinatal Issues and Transfusion lecture

Perinatal Issues and Transfusion lecture

Perinatal Issues and Transfusion lecture by Christopher Reeder

Welcome to this enlightening video discussing perinatal issues and transfusion medicine, brought to you by Chris Reader, the Hematology Reference Lab’s skilled Laboratory Supervisor. Join in to grasp essential insights into hemolytic disease of the fetus and newborn (HDFN), tailored for those gearing up for the ASAP board exam.

Video Objectives:

  1. Grasp HDFN:  Acquire in-depth understanding of Hemolytic Disease of the Fetus and Newborn, including its root causes. Explore the pivotal role medical technologists play in diagnosing and adeptly managing this condition.

  2. Differentiate HDFN and RHD HDFN: Navigate the nuances distinguishing HDFN stemming from ABO and RhD antigens. Comprehend varying severity levels, treatment approaches, and crucial preventive measures for each category.

  3. Insight into Rhogam: Dive into the details of administering Rh immune globulin (Rhogam) to counteract HDFN triggered by RhD incompatibility. Uncover the mechanism behind this administration and its pivotal role in preventing antibody development.

  4. Quantify Fetal Bleeding: Familiarize yourself with the Clihauer-Betke test, a reliable quantification technique for fetal-maternal hemorrhage. Grasp its significance in determining the required Rhogam dosage, vital for effective sensitization prevention.

  5. Significance of Intrauterine Transfusions: Explore the realm of intrauterine transfusions and their indispensable role in managing severe HDFN instances. Get insights into the meticulous donor blood selection criteria.

  6. Diagnostic Insights: Delve into the array of diagnostic tests encompassing antibody screening, identification, and titration. Recognize their pivotal role in forecasting HDFN risk accurately.

  7. Neonatal Examination: Navigate the neonatal cord blood testing process, aimed at assessing HDFN risk and compatibility. Master appropriate blood collection techniques and testing protocols.

  8.  Acid Elution: Gain comprehension of the  freeze-thaw elution and acid elution methodologies. These techniques validate maternal antibody binding to fetal cells, substantially contributing to precise diagnosis and assessment.

  9. Preventing HDFN: Embrace a comprehensive understanding of proactive HDFN prevention through Rh immune globulin administration, meticulous fetal bleed screening, and accurate quantification. Acknowledge the indispensable role medical technologists play in this life-critical process.

This video equips you with indispensable insights into perinatal matters and transfusion medicine, offering profound knowledge on HDFN, its proficient management, and the pivotal contribution of medical technologists in safeguarding maternal and neonatal health. Whether you’re bracing for the ASCP board exam or serving in hospital laboratories, this video empowers you with the expertise to adeptly manage these pressing concerns.

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