Prophylactic Platelet and Plasma Transfusions Prior to Procedures. What is the Evidence?

Please note: AABB reserves the right to make updates to this program.

Live Program Date: Wednesday, March 6, 2019 - On-Demand Available

Master Program Number: 19EL-410 (see program format numbers below under Registration)

Educational Track: Technical/Clinical
Topic: Transfusion Medicine
Intended Audience: Hospitals, Hospital Blood Banks, Managers/Supervisors, Medical Directors, Nurses, Physicians, Resident/Fellow, Scientists, Students (MD, MT, SBB), Technologists, Transfusion Safety Officers
Teaching Level: Intermediate to Advanced

Director/Moderator: Geoffrey Wool, MD, PhD, Medical Director, Coagulation laboratory, Attending, Transfusion medicine/apheresis service, University of Chicago in Chicago, Illinois
Speaker: Lise Estcourt, MD, Consultant Haematologist, NHS Blood and Transplant, Oxford, UK

Learning Objectives

After participating in this educational activity, participants should be able to:

  • Describe the current literature on prophylactic platelet and plasma transfusion before invasive procedures.
  • Apply the limited literature to daily transfusion medicine practice of component oversight and guidance.
  • Identify areas for future research and guideline improvement.

Program Description

Pre-procedure plasma and platelet transfusions are commonly given and the evidence for their effectiveness is frequently weak. This program will review the limited literature to guide our practice and suggest rational practice for dealing with transfusion requests for these patients.


   Program #
Single Viewer: On-Demand Register19EL-410-4035
Group Viewing: On-Demand Register19EL-410-8035

Continuing Education Credit

AABB designates both the live and on-demand version of this eCast each to be eligible for 1 continuing education credits/contact hours for Physicians, California Nurse, California Lab Personnel, Florida Lab Personnel and General Participation credit. The final number of credits and credit types awarded for this program (live or on-demand) was determined by the program duration. For more information on each credit type please visit our Continuing Education Credits webpage.

Disclosures for the planners of this event can be found here. Disclosures for the program faculty are provided at the beginning of the program.

Speaker Biography

Dr. Lise Estcourt is a Consultant Haematologist with NHS Blood and Transplant, and a Senior Clinical Lecturer in Transfusion Medicine at the University of Oxford. She is the Clinical Lead for the National Comparative Audit in Blood Transfusion and is the Co-ordinating Editor for Cochrane Haematological Malignancies. She performed research in to the appropriate use of blood components and performs clinical trials and systematic reviews.