Transfusion Medicine Lectures for Pediatric Fellows

In my time at the Saudi National Guard Health Affairs and at HMC Qatar, I offered the pediatric fellows a series of lectures of 1-2 hours duration.  The following list has been updated to cover current topics of interest, including COVID-19 convalescent plasma.

  1. Transfusing blood components for physicians—what do you need to know
  2. Recognizing and treating adverse effects of transfusion
  3. Blood components and derivatives—what you need to know
  4. Blood filters, irradiation, aliquoting, and washing blood components
  5. Pathogen inactivation and platelet additive solutions
  6. COVID-19 and the blood supply, COVID-19 convalescent plasma
  7. Indications for blood components and monitoring efficacy
  8. Patient blood management:  minimizing transfusions
  9. Blood group serology and compatibility—what you need to know
  10. Adult vs. pediatric transfusion medicine:  special considerations for the pediatrics
  11. Hemolytic disease of the fetus and newborn
  12. Rh immunoprophylaxis:  RhIG, fetomaternal hemorrhage
  13. Platelet refractoriness:  prevention and treatment
  14. Hemoglobinopathy:  component selection for pediatric patients
  15. Therapeutic apheresis, focused on pediatric age group
  16. Stem cell transplantation
  17. Transfusion-transmitted diseases
  18. Emerging pathogens:  ZIKA, Chikungunya, Dengue