Transfusion Science 1.1


Transfusion Science involves the study of the immunology of blood and includes the principles and practices of blood banking. Students will learn about the major blood group systems and the testing that is required prior to the transfusion of blood. The clinical aspects of transfusion medicine will also be studied. Particular emphasis will be placed on basic concepts, practical competence, interpretation and communication of results, safety aspects and quality management.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Explain the major theoretical principles that form the foundations of immunohaematology.

  2. Demonstrate knowledge of blood and blood product provision including procedures for donation, collection and processing of blood and blood components.

  3. Competently perform routine serological tests and be able to identify and resolve anomalies and incompatibilities in transfusion practise.

  4. Analyse, interpret and be able to communicate results as appropriate for a clinical setting.

  5. Discuss the aetiology and serological investigation of adverse outcomes of transfusion and HDFN.

  6. Apply knowledge of quality, safety and regulation in the transfusion laboratory.

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