College of American Pathologists

  Transfusion Medicine Resource Committee


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Reports to: Council on Scientific Affairs

Charge: To foster excellence in the practice and safety of transfusion medicine*; to advocate the best interests of patients and donors; to define and monitor emerging technologies in transfusion medicine; to enhance effective CAP proficiency testing and laboratory accreditation programs for facilities involved in the field of transfusion medicine; to provide medical and technical expertise as well as education for the CAP staff and members in transfusion medicine related testing, practice, risks and related areas; to identify proactively, emerging uses and hazards of therapies in the field of transfusion medicine; to maintain liaison, in collaboration with the Council on Government and Professional Affairs, with other organizations and governmental agencies concerned with transfusion medicine, policies, regulations, and related issues.

* Transfusion medicine is the specialty of medicine concerned with collection, processing, testing and administration of blood components, blood products, cellular therapy and tissue products; with provision of direct patient/donor care for those who undergo apheresis, therapeutic phlebotomy and transfusion; and with participation in regenerative medicine.

Time Commitment Time Commitment

Number of face-to-face meetings: 3
Length of each meeting: 2 meetings are 2 days each, 1 meeting (typically the fall meeting) is 1 day.
Typical meeting days of the week: Saturday and Sunday

Location of meetings: Usually within 50 miles of an airport. The fall meeting is held either prior to or following the CAP annual meeting.

Number of conference calls: Approximately 5 per year (1 hour duration) per year for regular committee business (Primarily the chair and vice-chair with member involvement when needed) and up to 6 for discussion with vendors and other issues requiring non-committee involvement.

Hours of committee work required outside of meetings:
Member: 30+ hours
Vice Chair: 45+ hours
Chair: 75+ hours

Additional travel or time commitments:

The committee chair is required to attend the CSA Leadership meetings, which take place two times a year. Committee member attendance at the CAP annual meeting is strongly encouraged.

Activities of Committee Activities of Committee

The traditional primary activities of the committee are the specification of proficiency testing surveys for analytes related to transfusion medicine and analysis of these testing results as well as refining the checklist used in the accreditation process of the College. The committee has been active in creating new PT challenges, developing 15 new surveys over the last five years. Education of pathologists and technologists has also been an important committee function. The venue and manner of this education have evolved over the years and currently are concentrated on educational enhancements associated with the J Series survey and with seminar presentations at the CAP annual meeting. The committee remains alert for changes in the regulatory and legislative arenas to ensure that pathologists are kept abreast of important changes and that the College’s programs assist in maintaining compliance with requirements and applicable standards of practice.

Expertise or Experience Required Expertise or Experience Required

The committee needs members who, among them, offer experience and expertise in all areas of blood banking and transfusion medicine, from those related to blood collection (such as donor selection and infectious disease testing), to those related to transfusion medicine (including therapeutic apheresis, stem cell therapies, and tissue banking).

Benefits to membership on this committee Benefits to membership on this committee

Beyond the close-knit camaraderie and the pleasure of knowing that one’s work is assisting others in theirs, committee members benefit from keeping each other up-to-date on a broad range of issues and staying abreast of cutting edge issues.

Representation on committee beyond the CAP:

  • Two consultant
  • Five liaisons, one each from AABB, ABC, ARC, ASFA and FACT

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