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Rare Procedures and How to Stay Competent -June 2014

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June 2014

Rare Procedures and How to Stay Competent

Learning Objectives:

  1. Define and identify "rare" apheresis procedures within apheresis practices.
  2. List at least two rare therapeutic apheresis procedures.
  3. List at least two rare apheresis procedures that are types of cellular therapy collections.
  4. Identify at least three strategies to maintain competencies for rare apheresis procedures.
  5. Identify at least three resources to retain competencies for rare apheresis procedures.
Speaker: Christina Anderson, RN, BSN, HP(ASCP)

Christina Anderson is a registered nurse with a baccalaureate degree in nursing from the University of Oklahoma, who has worked in the field of apheresis for over 25 years, in various roles including management, training and education, quality improvement, and research & development.  She also is an ASCP certified Hemapheresis Practitioner of 21 years,  one of only 500 individuals in the world with this status. In her current job of over 10 years, she is the director of Carter BloodCare's therapeutic and cellular therapy apheresis program. Prior to that her past places of employment include, Parkland Hospital, Dallas, TX, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, and the Oklahoma Blood Institute,  Oklahoma City, OK. In between these jobs, she spent 10 years as clinical specialists for Gambro, Fresenius, and Kaneka. Her ASFA achievements include Past President of ASFA, recipient of the SHS Allied Health Award in 2011 and Presidential Award in 2013.  She is currently on the board of the World Apheresis Association and serving as the Allied Health Liaison.