Georgia REdHHoTT Launches Continuing Education Course for Transfusion Safety

The Georgia REdHHoTT project, with support from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), has launched a free, web-based continuing education series to increase awareness of and adherence to evidence-based transfusion practices in sickle cell disease (SCD).

Blood transfusion is an established therapy for treating and preventing certain SCD-related complications. The goal of this course is to increase the use of evidence-based practices among primary and emergency health care providers, thereby reducing the rates of transfusion-related complications in these patients.

The course builds on current recommendations and addresses additional aspects of quality, effective SCD management. The introductory module covers general considerations for transfusion in SCD and the genetic and biological foundations of the most common transfusion complications. The remaining modules are case-based scenarios addressing specific areas of concern, including use of blood transfusion during acute illness, delayed hemolytic transfusion reactions, and management of chronic transfusion.

No-cost continuing education credits are available for physicians, nurses, and other clinicians who treat SCD patients, including:

  • Pediatricians
  • Family practice physicians
  • Hospitalists
  • Emergency medicine physicians
  • Physician assistants
  • Clinical nurse practitioners

Course faculty are experts in pediatric and adult sickle cell disease and transfusion medicine:

  • James Eckman, M.D., professor emeritus of hematology and oncology, Emory University School of Medicine, and founding director of the comprehensive sickle cell center at Grady Health System
  • Peter Lane, M.D., professor of pediatrics, Emory University School of Medicine, and director of the sickle cell disease program at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
  • Ross Fasano, M.D., assistant professor in the Department of Laboratory Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine and director of apheresis and pediatric hematologist at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

The four modules can be taken independently and have no prerequisites. Continuing education credit is being jointly provided by the CDC, Georgia State University, and Emory University School of Medicine.

The Georgia Health Policy Center is the lead for the REdHHoTT collaborative.
For more information, contact Mary Hulihan, Dr.P.H., CDC health scientist, [email protected].

Development of this course was supported by Cooperative Agreement DD14-1406, funded by the CDC. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the CDC or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.