4th Annual Symposium on Patient Blood Management:
A Multidisciplinary Responsibility

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Wednesday • April 15, 2015
InterContinental Kansas City at the Plaza
401 Ward Parkway, Kansas City, Missouri | Map
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Sponsored by The University of Kansas Hospital Patient Blood Management and University of Kansas Medical Center Continuing Education & Professional Development

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Course Directors

  • Lowell Tilzer, M.D., Ph.D., Professor and Chair, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, Kan.
  • Elora Thorpe, RN, M.S.N., Manager, Transfusion Safety and Patient Blood Management, The University of Kansas Hospital Kansas City, Kan.


In this program, we will explore the current state of transfusion safety and multidisciplinary blood management strategies that mitigate patient's risk for blood and blood products. The goal is to enable participants to translate these strategies into their everyday practices in order to improve patient outcomes. We have several national speakers who will discuss the latest in transfusion therapy and decision making.

Target Audience

This symposium is targeted to nurses, advanced practice registered nurses, physicians, physician's assistants, laboratory scientists and other health care professionals involved in blood administration and transfusion safety.


At the completion of this symposium, participants should be able to:

  • Describe how mitigating risk for bleeding and early detection and treatment of anemia is vital to decrease morbidity and mortality and exposure to allogenic transfusion. 
  • Explain the relationship between CHF, CKD and anemia.
  • Discuss how transfusion safety extends beyond product testing of allogenic blood.
  • Identify the indications, risks and testing associated with transfusion of platelets and plasma.

Needs Assessment Statement:

The World Health Organization states that anemia is the number-one health problem in the world. Mild anemia is associated with a 41-percent increase in 30-day mortality and the number-one reason for readmissions to the hospital. Patient-centered patient blood management focuses on mitigating risk for bleeding and early detection and treatment of anemia to decrease exposure to allogeneic blood. Patient Blood Management, which includes Transfusion Safety, is an emerging specialty that utilizes scientific research to challenge the culture that blood transfusions are relatively harmless and patients do better after being transfused. This conference will address the risks associated with allogeneic blood and will describe how anemia should be managed in today's climate.


Financial contributions and supporters of this program will be acknowledged in print at the symposium.


Commercial vendors are invited to exhibit at this meeting. Limited exhibit space will be available. Call Julie Darrington at 913-588-4581 or e-mail jdarrington@kumc.edu for an application or more information.


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