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Fungal Identification (5th - 7th December 2023)

05/12/2023
Specialist practical tuition in the identification of pathogenic fungi for biomedical scientists, clinical scientists and FRCpath candidates.

Reticulin Staining – Its Significance in Cancer Diagnosis Focussed Webinar

15/11/2023
This session is a simple exploration of why reticulin stains are required, what they tell pathologist and how that aids in diagnosing cancers.

Transmission Electron Microscopy Webinar 2

17/11/2023
An in-depth look at the role of Transmission Electron Microscopy in a modern cellular pathology department. What technical challenges are there in preparing tissue for TEM and what diagnostic challenges does TEM have an important role in.

Transmission Electron Microscopy Webinar 3

22/11/2023
An in-depth look at Transmission Electron Microscopy in a modern cellular pathology department. How to prepare tissue for TEM and what diagnostic challenges does TEM have an important role in.

CONGRESS 2023 - Biomarkers, disease severity and triaging the role of mid-regional proadrenomodulin

28/09/2023
There is a lack of validated tools to assess potential disease progression and hospitalisation decisions in patients presenting to the emergency department (ED) with a suspected infection. The aim to identify suitable blood biomarkers (MR-proADM, PCT, lactate and CRP) and/ or clinical scores (SIRS, SOFA, qSOFA, NEWS and CRB-65) to fulfil this unmet clinical need and recognising the “ill looking well” and the “well looking ill”. We found in patients presenting to the ED with a suspected infection, the blood biomarker MR-proADM could most accurately identify the likelihood of further disease progression.

Incorporation into an early sepsis management protocol may therefore aid rapid decision-making in order to either initiate, escalate or intensify early treatment strategies, or identify patients suitable for safe out-patient treatment. There is currently a randomised controlled trial to assess the accuracy of the above findings.

CONGRESS 2023 - Biomedical Scientist Empowerment, Education and Discussion Group: Improving access to CPD for hospital transfusion staff

28/09/2023
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) Patient Blood Management (PBM) team, with the support of the London Regional Transfusion Committee, created a remote, no-cost education group for biomedical scientists aimed at providing ongoing professional development for transfusion laboratory professionals. The popularity of the group led to the continuation of the group beyond the pandemic and membership being opened to all healthcare professionals interested in blood transfusion.

The group convenes monthly and invites professional/industry experts to deliver lectures on specialist areas of blood transfusion, followed by discussion. The curriculum is flexible and responsive to feedback, incorporating key recommendations, such as those found in the annual SHOT report. The group has covered a wide range of topics, including antibody identification, appropriate use of blood components, haemoglobinopathies, advances in information technology, inventory management, gender reassignment, provision of rare blood, transfusion delays, and emergency preparedness, among others.

Over 2800 healthcare professionals worldwide have joined the group, with an average attendance of 165 individuals per meeting. Survey results from 1390 delegates between April 2022 and April 2023 demonstrated high evaluation of the education provided during the sessions, with an average rating of 4.72 out of 5 for information quality and 4.58 out of 5 for information relevance to their day-to-day work. Furthermore, 99.1% of all respondents believed that the education enabled them to offer a better service to patients and service users.

The NHSBT PBM team's remote and accessible model has been successful in providing ongoing education and continuing professional development for blood transfusion professionals beyond the pandemic. This cost-effective model has become a regular feature in hospital transfusion continuing professional development, enhancing individual and service performance, and could be a valuable consideration for other healthcare disciplines.

CONGRESS 2023 - Blood on Board

28/09/2023
The lecture will include a basic introduction to a busy mixed urban and rural Helicopter Emergency Medical Service in the East of England and the logistics of carrying and administering blood products to multiply injured, major trauma patients. The types of patients that typically require a transfusion will be presented and we will hear from patients that have since recovered and how they feel about having received a prehospital transfusion.

CONGRESS 2023 - Competences for Managers

28/09/2023
Competences for Managers

CONGRESS 2023 - Crossroads to a Compatible Career: From Pipette to Patient Blood Management

28/09/2023
Crossroads to a Compatible Career: From Pipette to Patient Blood Management

CONGRESS 2023 - Delivery of a virtual ward in East Kent: A clinical overview

28/09/2023
Delivery of a virtual ward in East Kent: A clinical overview
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