Pros and Cons of Universal Irradiation

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

Live Program Date: Wednesday, May 22, 2019 - On-Demand Available

Master Program Number: 19EL-436 (see program format numbers below under Registration)

Educational Track: Technical/Clinical
Topic: Transfusion Medicine
Intended Audience: Hospitals, Hospital Blood Banks, Immunohematology Reference Labs (IRL’s), Laboratory Staff, Managers/Supervisors, Medical Directors, Nurses, Physicians, Resident/Fellow, Students (MD, MT, SBB), Technologists, Transfusion Safety Officers
Teaching Level: Basic to Intermediate

Director/Moderator: Thandar Aye, MLS(ASCP)SBB, Senior Reference Laboratory Technologist, BloodworksNW, Seattle, WA
Speaker: Zbigniew (Ziggy) M. Szczepiorkowski, MD, PhD, Section Chief, Clinical Pathology, Director, Transfusion Medicine Service, Cellular Therapy Center, Director, Transfusion Medicine Fellowship Program, Associate Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Geisel School of Medicine, Dartmouth, Associate Professor of Medicine, Geisel School of Medicine, Dartmouth, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, NH

Learning Objectives

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

  • Explain common clinical indications for the irradiated blood products.
  • Discuss implementation strategies for irradiation policies.
  • Discuss how an institution becomes a center that provides universal irradiation including the experiences in the speaker’s own institution.
  • Explore considerations for use of universal irradiation.
  • Discuss advantages and disadvantages of providing universal irradiation.

Program Description

Irradiation of cellular blood product in transfusion is known to dramatically reduce the risk of transfusion associated graft-versus-host disease (TA-GVHD). In this program, the speaker will discuss indications, implementation strategies, advantages and disadvantages of universal irradiation.


   Program #
Single Viewer: On-Demand Register19EL-436-4035
Group Viewing: On-Demand Register19EL-436-8035

Continuing Education Credit

AABB designates both the live and on-demand version of this eCast each to be eligible for 1.0 continuing education credits/contact hours for Physicians, California Nurse, California Lab Personnel, Florida Lab Personnel and General Participation credit. The number and type of credits awarded for this program (both live and 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.