Immunohematology training program

Training program

This program is intended for laboratory technicians working in hospital blood banks. Through theoretical and practical training, enlisted technicians will acquire a methodology and techniques to solve immunological problems encountered on a daily basis in a blood bank laboratory as well as problems encountered during serological studies in patients suffering from autoimmune hemolytic anemia.

OBJECTIVE

To provide a methodology and techniques for solving simple immunological problems encountered daily in a blood bank laboratory.

TARGET CLIENTELE

Blood bank technicians.

THEORETICAL CONTENT

20 hours of training offered online (3-month access).

Notion of immunology:

The basic notions relating to antigens, antibodies and the complement are covered in addition to the various media used in a blood bank and their reactivity.

ABO system and discrepancies:

Certain characteristics of the ABO system as well as the development of the various antigens are observed. The ABO discrepancies and the methods for solving them are discussed. A few techniques and reagents used in a blood bank are reviewed.

Lewis system:

This section covers the Lewis system, the clinical significance of this system’s antibodies and their relationship with the ABH and secretor system.

Rh system:

In this section, we present the various Rh system antigens, the difference between the weak D antigens and the partial D antigens as well as phenotypes and genotypes.

Antibodies Identification:

The rules governing the elimination and identification of antibodies as well as the various cold-reactive antibodies are discussed in this section. 

The various blood group systems: Kell, Kidd, Duffy, MNS, P system, Globoside and others:

The antigens of the main blood group systems, their probabilities, the general characteristics of the corresponding antibodies and their clinical significance are examined. Various phenotypes are presented along with the complementary analyses to be conducted.

High- and low-frequency antigens are discussed along with their related antibodies. High-titer and low-avidity antibodies are also discussed.  

Hemolytic disease of the fetus and newborn:

The immune response mechanisms responsible for hemolytic disease in newborns are examined. The laboratory tests to be done according to the antibodies found are also discussed in this section. 

Transfusion practices:

The recommendations issued by the Ministère de la Santé et des Services Sociaux on the use of phenotyped blood in various situations are presented. A few examples of probability calculations to be made during blood searches with phenotype combinations are examined.  

Quality management:

Various quality control tests conducted at Héma-Québec in order to obtain and issue compliant test results are presented in this section.  

Molecular biology of blood groups:

An introduction to molecular biology is given along with certain notions of genetics and its significance in our immunohematology laboratories.  

Monoclonal antibodies preparation and production for blood bank laboratories:

In this section, we present the difference between polyclonal, monoclonal and recombinant antibodies and their uses. The preparation and production of these antiserums are also discussed. 

Rare blood cell exchange:

The rare blood cell exchange program and the methods for preserving rare erythrocytes are discussed.

PRACTICAL WORK

As a complement to the theoretical portion, participants have the option to join a practical workshop. Practical workshop take place in our Québec City facility and last 1 day (7 hours of practical workshop).

  • ABO discrepancies
  • Screening and identification of irregular antibodies directed against red blood cells
  • Cold-reactive antibodies
  • Compatibility test
  • Phenotypes
  • Laboratory practices to follow

Upcoming training courses:

  • October 20, 2017 (full)
  • October 27, 2017 (full)
  • November 3, 2017 (full)
  • November 24, 2017 (full)
  • December 1st, 2017 (full)
  • March 16, 2018
  • March 23, 2018
  • April 20, 2018
  • April 27, 2018

For any questions about registration, about course content or about the reimbursement of expenses, contact our immunohematology department at 418-780-4362, extension 2200, or toll-free at 1-800-267-9711, extension 2200, or by email at education@hema-quebec.qc.ca.

OBJECTIVE

To provide a methodology and techniques for solving the immunological problems encountered during serological studies in patients with autoimmune hemolytic anemia.

TARGET CLIENTELE

Blood bank technicians.

THEORETICAL CONTENT

12 hours of training offered online (3-month access).

The serological investigation of autoimmune hemolytic anemias and the various methods used to solve these types of cases are reviewed. The classification and physiopathology of these types of anemias in addition to the different therapeutic approaches are explored.  A few case studies are also presented to expose the possible features that may be seen on the analyses report. The function of antibodies in the humoral response and the activation process and  role of the complement are examined. Genotyping notion are also discussed in addition to particularities that may be seen in complementary results of serological studies.

PRACTICAL WORK

As a complement to the theoretical portion, participants have the option to join a practical workshop. Practical workshop take place in our Québec City facility and last 1 day (7 hours of practical workshop).

Serological study of a case involving a patient with autoimmune hemolytic anemia and the various techniques for solving it:

  • Screening and identification of antibodies
  • Adsorption
  • Elution
  • Determination of phenotypes 

Upcoming training courses:

  • February 16, 2018
  • April 6, 2018

For any questions about registration, about course content or about the reimbursement of expenses, contact our immunohematology department at 418-780-4362, extension 2200, or toll-free at 1-800-267-9711, extension 2200, or by email at education@hema-quebec.qc.ca.