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Dr. Joe Chaffin from the "Blood Bank Guy" website takes his light-hearted approach to a biweekly interview show, discussing core transfusion medicine topics with educational leaders. You'll smile, and have fun, and never EVER stop learning!

Blood Bank Guy Essentials Podcast Joe Chaffin, MD

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.9 • 244 Ratings

Dr. Joe Chaffin from the "Blood Bank Guy" website takes his light-hearted approach to a biweekly interview show, discussing core transfusion medicine topics with educational leaders. You'll smile, and have fun, and never EVER stop learning!

    096CE: Navigating Blood Shortages with Claudia Cohn

    096CE: Navigating Blood Shortages with Claudia Cohn

    Continuing education episode! Blood shortages happen, but the one associated with COVID-19 is unique (and severe!). AABB Chief Medical Officer Dr. Claudia Cohn explains why and gives practical survival tips.

    • 54 min
    095CE: What is Liquid Plasma? with Chris Gresens

    095CE: What is Liquid Plasma? with Chris Gresens

    Continuing education episode! Plasma product names are confusing, but few are as misunderstood as Liquid Plasma. Dr. Chris Gresens explains why LP might be perfect for your transfusion service.

    • 54 min
    094CE: Thalassemia Essentials with Sujit Sheth

    094CE: Thalassemia Essentials with Sujit Sheth

    Continuing education episode! When most United States-based healthcare providers think of a hemoglobinopathy, sickle cell disease is the first to come to mind. That is understandable, given how frequently that disease is present in the US. However, worldwide, the various forms of thalassemia are a MASSIVE problem. Dr. Sujit Sheth takes us through the details around this deadly global disease, and how transfusion professionals can aid in care of thalassemia patients.

    • 53 min
    093CE: The Mighty MMA with Sandy Nance

    093CE: The Mighty MMA with Sandy Nance

    Continuing education episode! Usually, red cell alloantibodies are simple (find an antibody, give antigen-negative blood), but occasionally, some of them don't follow the rules! "Antibodies of variable clinical significance" act differently in different patients, sometimes causing hemolysis and sometimes not. They can be very hard to manage, especially because almost all blood donors are incompatible. The Monocyte Monolayer Assay, developed by today's guest, Sandy Nance, and her colleagues at the American Red Cross, helps answer the question, “Do we search the world for rare units of compatible blood, or can we just transfuse ABO-compatible red cells out of our regular inventory?” It's a great story, and this is a rare chance to hear about the MMA from one of the original sources, and to understand how to use it today.

    • 55 min
    092: When Platelet Transfusion Might Not Be Wise with Ruchika Goel

    092: When Platelet Transfusion Might Not Be Wise with Ruchika Goel

    Platelets have been used to save the lives of patients with low platelet counts for decades. For the most part, they are considered a safe and effective means to correct the problem of a patient not having enough platelets of their own. Despite that, we have wondered for decades about whether or not platelets should be given to patients with certain diseases where their platelets are being removed from circulation, like ITP, TTP, and HIT. My guest in this episode, Dr. Ruchika Goel, looked at platelet transfusion in those three entities, and she has data to share with us that might change the way you transfuse these patients.

    • 53 min
    091: Wholly Whole Blood, the Sequel! with Mark Yazer

    091: Wholly Whole Blood, the Sequel! with Mark Yazer

    In 2017, Dr. Mark Yazer appeared on this podcast to discuss the burgeoning interest in “Low-titer Group O Whole Blood (LTOWB)” for massive transfusions, particularly in trauma settings. Since then, more data and experience are available to guide the use of whole blood for trauma transfusion. Dr. Yazer updates us on the latest whole blood and incompatible plasma transfusion data, and clears up once and for all the "clear fluids" debate! Plus, there's some hockey trash talk...

    • 43 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
244 Ratings

244 Ratings

rowyoirboat ,

Educational for a transfusion user like me

Ever since I’ve had emergency transfusions I have been fascinated by all things transfusions and blood. I am so grateful to blood donors and scientists like yourselves who make transfusions possible and healthy. Can’t wait for your next podcast so I can learn some more.

Paul in Bandon ,

Excellent podcast

I am relatively new to the podcast world but I have a 30 minute commute for the first time in my life as of January of this year (always less than five minutes for the last 15 years) and thought now would be the perfect time to start! I am an AP/CP pathologist in a rural hospital on the coast of Oregon and I am the new medical director of the blood bank. During my career I have always been involved in transfusion medicine and have always had an interest, but never as responsible as I am now. Over the last 10 months, after starting this new position, I have listened to most of these podcasts and it has been not only an incredible review of knowledge I had learned in the past and knew, but also a great learning experience for what is new in transfusion medicine. Joe, you are a great interviewer, have great insight, make these concepts easier to understand, and are entertaining to listen to. Thanks for doing this, you are making a difference!

Uyyenie ,

Great podcast!

Love this podcast! I’m learning tons from this, also their website is helpful too when it comes to basic learning.

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