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Blood is Thicker than Crystalloids: Current Trends in Transfusion Medicine

‐ Sep 27, 2013 12:30pm

Based on emerging evidence, blood transfusion practices and guidelines have changed dramatically in the last decade. While blood products are sometimes necessary for survival, it is worth looking at unintended consequences and net benefits for patients. This session explores best practices and application for the medical-surgical nurse.

Contact hours available until 9/29/2015.

Requirements for Successful Completion:
Complete the learning activity in its entirety and complete the online CNE evaluation.

Conflict of Interest Disclosure:
Speaker(s) have no disclosures to declare.

Commercial Support and Sponsorship:
No commercial support or sponsorship declared.

Accreditation Statement:

This educational activity has been co-provided by Anthony J. Jannetti, Inc. and Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses.

Anthony J. Jannetti, Inc. is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation (ANCC-COA).

Anthony J. Jannetti, Inc. is a provider approved by the California Board of Registered nursing, Provider Number, CEP 5387.


  • Analyze current trends in transfusion medicine and the risks versus benefits of blood transfusion.
  • Name three changes that occur when blood is banked and stored and the potential storage lesion implications for patients.
  • Evaluate current guidelines for transfusion of blood products against the practice in their facilities.



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