Laboratory Science Student Resources

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Comparing Blood Bank Methods

This course covers the three methodologies used in pre-transfusion testing: tube testing, gel testing, and solid phase testing.

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ABO Discrepancies

This interactive course describes common causes of ABO discrepancies, and discusses methods used in their resolution.

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DATs, Eluates & Rh Nomenclature

This course discusses the direct antiglobulin test (DAT), and the elution of antibodies.  In addition, it reviews the basics of Rh haplotypes and Rh nomenclature.  

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Warm Autoantibodies

This course describes common reactions observed in cases of warm autoantibodies and how to perform adsorption of warm autoantibodies. 

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More Resources for Laboratory Science Students

Antibody Titration

This course describes how titration is performed in the blood bank, and discusses common applications of titration.  

Cold Autoantibodies

This course discusses the prevalence, clinical significance and detection of cold autoantibodies.  In addition, prewarming technique to circumvent cold autoantibody interference in pretransfusion testing is reviewed. 

“Ready Student” Videos

Ready Student 1: A Virtual IRL Tour

In this video, learn what an Immunohematology Reference Laboratory (IRL) is and how an IRL differs from a transfusion service.  In addition, get a behind-the-scenes look at an IRL, and see the variety of resources available that are used to resolve the most complex serologic investigations.

Ready Student 2: Virtual Case Studies

In this video, learn how to resolve cases with multiple antibodies using specialized reference laboratory methods like red blood cell phenotyping, testing a selected cell panel and testing enzyme-modified cells.  In addition, learn strategies for acquiring rare blood for patients who need it.  Actively participate with periodic quiz questions, and follow along by downloading the case panels.