Storage of Blood Products Outside the Blood Bank: Where? When? Why? and How?

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

Live Program Date: Wednesday, August 28, 2019 - Available On-Demand

Master Program Number: 19EL-469 (see program format numbers below under Registration)

Educational Track: Quality Education
Topic: Transfusion Medicine
Intended Audience: Hospitals, Hospital Blood Banks, Laboratory Staff, Managers/Supervisors, Medical Directors, Nurses, Perfusionists, Physicians, Resident/Fellow, Students (MD, MT, SBB), Technologists, Transfusion Safety Officers
Teaching Level: Intermediate

Director/Moderator: Angela Spicola, Senior Director of Donor Care, Mountain Division, Vitalant, Denver, CO
Speakers: Nancy M. Dunbar, MD, Medical Director, Blood Bank, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, NH; Sarah Harm, MD, MS, Medical Director, Blood Bank, University of Vermont Medical Center, Burlington, VT

Learning Objectives

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

  • Review how temperature monitoring differs when blood is transported vs. stored outside of the hospital blood bank.
  • Describe options for in-hospital storage of blood products outside of the hospital blood bank.
  • Identify challenges with establishing storage of blood products outside of the hospital setting to support air and ground ambulance.

Program Description

In this program, the speakers will discuss the challenges and solutions associated with storage of blood components outside of the hospital blood bank. Storage of blood within the emergency room and operating rooms will be covered along with storage of blood outside of the hospital setting including in air and ground ambulance.


   Program #
Single Viewer: On-Demand Register19EL-469-4035
Group Viewing: On-Demand Register19EL-469-8035

Continuing Education Credit

AABB designates both the live and on-demand version of this eCast each eligible for 1 continuing education credits/contact hours for Physicians, General Participation, California Nurse, California Lab Personnel and Florida Lab Personnel. 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.

Speaker Biography

Dr. Dunbar is Medical Director of the Blood Bank at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. She is an Associate Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Dartmouth Geisel School of Medicine. Her research interests include blood banking/transfusion medicine and medical education.

Dr. Harm is the medical director of the Blood Bank at University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington, VT. She completed her fellowship in Blood Bank/Transfusion Medicine in Pittsburgh, PA at the Institute for Transfusion Medicine. Sarah is originally from Nazareth, PA and spent many years between Boston, MA and Philadelphia, PA for education and work in the pharmaceutical industry.