This unit covers the major blood group systems of relevance to human blood transfusion and the theoretical basis of common transfusion testing practices. We explore the donation of blood products and the management of transfusion services and study in detail, haemolytic disease of the foetus and newborn, autoimmune haemolytic anaemia and the adverse effects of blood transfusion. An integrated series of lectures, tutorials and practicals cover these topics, with an emphasis on the development of laboratory skills and problem solving through transfusion-based case studies. The practical sessions concentrate on the essential skills of blood grouping, antibody screening, cross matching and problem solving.
|Unit name||Transfusion Science|
|College/School||College of Health and Medicine
School of Health Sciences
|Coordinator||Ms Jane Pittaway|
|Delivered By||University of Tasmania|
|Location||Study period||Attendance options||Available to|
- International students
- Domestic students
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- Analyse and apply theoretical knowledge of blood group antigens and antibodies, to interpret and evaluate laboratory data.
- Explain and demonstrate the practical, interpretive and evaluation skills required in compatibility testing and the investigation of immunohaematology-related adverse events.
- Analyse and apply theoretical knowledge of immunohaematology-related adverse events to interpret and evaluate clinical and laboratory data.
- Critically evaluate and communicate current and evolving issues, roles and responsibilities in transfusion science as appropriate for a professional environment.
- Demonstrate professional skills and behaviours through consistent individual and collaborative performance in scheduled cooperative learning sessions.
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Practical – 3 hours (weekly), Tutorial – 2 hours (weekly), Lecture – 2 hours (online weekly)
|Assessment||In Class Practical Activities (25%)|Mid Semester Theory Test (15%)|Final Practical Examination (20%)|Final Theory Examination (30%)|Group PowerPoint Presentation (10%)|
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