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BIO2217 Transfusion Science

Short Description: Transfusion Science
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Health and Wellbeing
Student contribution band : Band 2
ASCED code : 060113 - Pathology
Grading basis : Graded


Pre-requisite: BIO1103 and BIO2108


This course builds on the introduction to Transfusion Science presented in BIO1103 Pathology Studies and the introduction to erythrocyte membranes and red blood cell antigens presented in BIO2108 Haematology 1. Transfusion Science will provide students with a solid understanding of the theory and practice of pre-transfusion testing and the procedures involved in the provision of compatible blood products for patients requiring transfusion of red blood cells, platelets and fresh and fractionated plasma products. This course also explores the pathogenesis and associated laboratory investigation of haemolytic transfusion reactions, haemolytic disease of the foetus and newborn and other serious hazards of transfusion. The isolation, assessment, storage and use of haemopoietic stem cells in transplantation procedures is also explored. The course is designed to enable graduates to commence work in a transfusion laboratory.

The residential school component of this course will provide students with the opportunity to perform a complete pre-transfusion work-up including ABO and Rh(D) blood typing, antibody screening, antibody identification, red blood cell phenotyping and cross-matching. The residential school and associated skills evaluation will enhance the student's capacity and confidence to make critical and informed judgements in a professional setting.

This course contains a mandatory residential school.

Course offers

Semester Mode Campus
Semester 2, 2019 External