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As with other volumes in the Diagnostic Standards of Care series, Transfusion Medicine focuses specifically on understanding potential problems and sources of error in management of the blood bank and transfusion, how to anticipate and avoid such problems, and how to manage them if they occur. The discussions are concise, practical, specific, and problem-based so the book directly addresses the situations and issues faced by the clinical pathologist or other manager or staff member of the blood bank team. ...
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Transfusion Medicine: Diagnostic Standards of Care

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Overview

As with other volumes in the Diagnostic Standards of Care series, Transfusion Medicine focuses specifically on understanding potential problems and sources of error in management of the blood bank and transfusion, how to anticipate and avoid such problems, and how to manage them if they occur. The discussions are concise, practical, specific, and problem-based so the book directly addresses the situations and issues faced by the clinical pathologist or other manager or staff member of the blood bank team. Discussion of each problem is augmented by a case discussion giving a real-world example of how the issue can occur and how it can be effectively dealt with by the manager. The goal is to support the pathologist, manager or technologist in providing the highest possible quality of care and effective, timely consultation to the clinical staff.
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Reviewer: Valerie L. Ng, PhD MD(Alameda County Medical Center/Highland Hospital)
Description: Part of the Diagnostic Standards of Care series, this small, pocket-sized book focuses on commonly encountered medical errors ("quality issues") in transfusion medicine.
Purpose: The purpose is to focus on medical errors encountered in transfusion medicine. These worthy objectives are well met by this book.
Audience: The intended audience is medical practitioners involved with various aspects of transfusion medicine — i.e., clinical laboratory scientists, physicians, residents in training. It also would be of interest to anyone interested in quality issues in laboratory medicine, including those encountered in transfusion medicine. The authors are quite credible authorities.
Features: Wow, this book packs a wallop of high-quality information! It is deceptively small (140 pages), yet touches upon every known transfusion issue associated with medical error. The writing is crisp, clear, and concise — the hallmark of series editor Mike Laposata's presentation style and inferring his editorial pen. The format follows that of other volumes in the series: brief introduction, quick clinical framing case, identification of error(s), and final bulleted standards of care. I really liked this book as much as I have liked the others in the series. There is no subtlety in the clinical recommendations and this bluntness is much appreciated. The medical errors discussed occur so commonly this book should be required reading for all physicians, especially those in training.
Assessment: If you practice transfusion medicine, get it. If you are resident in training, memorize it and it will serve you and your patients well throughout your career.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781617051609
  • Publisher: Demos Medical Publishing, LLC
  • Publication date: 10/19/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 467 KB

Meet the Author

Quentin Eichbaum, MD, PhD, MPH, MFA, Assistant Dean for Program Development, Associate Director of Transfusion Medicine, Associate Professor of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology, Associate Professor of Medical Education and Administration

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Table of Contents

1. Neonatal/pediatric/obstetric transfusion; 2. Adult transfusion; 3. Immunohematology and serology; 4. Apheresis; 5. Transfusion reactions; 6. Quality assurance/quality control
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