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2020 Webinar Schedule

 2020 Webinars Schedule

American Society for Apheresis (ASFA) is pleased to announce that participation in the 2020 webinar series is FREE for all ASFA members! There is a $75 registration fee per webinar for non-members.

If you are interested in leading a future ASFA topical webinar or nursing case study webinar, please reach out to ASFA Head Office.





Title: Blood Primes and the Pediatric Patient
Date: Wednesday, January 15, 2020 
Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm ET
Speaker: Mary Sanders BSN, RN CPN 

Mary Sanders BSN, RN CPN received her nursing degree from the University of Colorado. She began working at Children’s Hospital Colorado (CHCO) in 2005. Mary started working in the Therapeutic Apheresis Department of Children’s Hospital Colorado in 2011 and is currently a Clinical Nurse IV. Mary is a past chair for the Clinical Nurse Practice Council at CHCO.  She received a Daisy Award in 2018. Mary has presented at the Annual O’Neil Pediatric Clinical Update Conference and ASFA Annual meeting on a variety of Apheresis topics.

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Review when blood primes are indicated, and the unique challenges presented in the pediatric patient.
  2. Two case studies - Custom Primes for TPE and ECP with a Modified Blood Prime 





Title: Blood Donations Screening for Babesia: Past and Future
Date: Wednesday, February 12, 2020 
Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm ET
Speaker: Laura Tonnetti, MS, PhD

Dr. Laura Tonnetti is a Scientist at the American Red Cross (ARC), where she leads studies related to transfusion-transmissible infectious agents. Her primary focus is on tick-transmitted infections and parasites. Dr. Tonnetti received a M.S. in Biology and a Ph.D. in Experimental Medicine from the University of Perugia in Italy. She worked at the National Institutes of Health before moving to the ARC and becoming involved in the early stages of Babesia blood testing. Dr. Tonnetti has published many articles on the topic, including the ARC’s six-year Babesia microti blood donation screening experience, and a description transfusion-transmitted babesiosis cases investigated by the ARC between 2010 and 2017.

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Provide a background on transfusion-transmitted babesiosis.
  2. Describe babesia screening performed under investigational protocols.
  3.  Discuss the requirements and challenges of implementing Babesia screening as recommended in the May 2019 FDA guidance.

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