TransFuse Conference: Live Blog

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We will be live blogging from New Orleans this week to keep all of you up to date on the latest from TransFuse 2016. Check back every day for posts and photos from the conference and the sights and sounds of the Big Easy!


Wednesday, 4:30 p.m.

Thank You!

Another amazing TransFuse conference is in the books. Thank you so much to our attendees, facility, exhibitors, and education staff for making this year's conference an overwhelming success. Here are a couple more photos from today.

Ian J. Welsby, BSc MBBS FRCA, Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care at Duke University Medical Center. Durham, North Carolina
Ian J. Welsby, BSc MBBS FRCA, Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care at
Duke University Medical Center.
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Dr. Jose Cancelas, University of Cincinnati , presents Blood Products of the Future: Pathogen reduction (red cells).
Dr. Jose Cancelas, University of Cincinnati , presents Blood Products of the Future: Pathogen reduction (red cells).

Wednesday, 2:29 p.m.

An Amazing Way to End Transfuse 2016

The third and final day in New Orleans is coming to a close. Thank you so much to our facility and attendees for a memorable three days in the Crescent City.

Dr. Dennis Gastineau, Medical Director of the Mayo Clinic Human Cellular Therapy Laboratory, presents on Wednesday of Transfuse 2016.
Dr. Dennis Gastineau, Medical Director of the Mayo Clinic Human Cellular Therapy Laboratory, presents on Wednesday of Transfuse 2016.

Today’s presenters were:

  • Transfusion Medicine Collaboration, Massive Transfusion by Dr. Scott Zietlow, Mayo Clinic
  • Cellular and Regenerative Medicine: How it pertains to transfusion medicine now and in the future by Dr. Dennis Gastineau, Mayo Clinic
  • Ethics of Blood Transfusion: Religious objections to transfusion and the impact of blood transfusion on the blood donor by Dr. Jeffrey Winters, Mayo Clinic

Blood Products of the Future: Pathogen reduction

  • Plasma by Dr. Ian Welsby, Duke University
  • Red cells by Dr. Jose Cancelas-Perez, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
  • Platelets by Dr. Jeffrey McCullough, University of Minnesota

Tuesday, 3:19 p.m.

Day Two Wrap-up

It’s time to enjoy a warm night in the Big Easy. After a full day of sessions, it’s time to reflect on today’s faculty presentations and the outstanding discussions among attendees. In all, six presentations were delivered on an amazing range of subjects.

In addition to Dr. Jenkin’s patient story (highlighted below), day two included the following sessions:

  • What’s Old is New Again: The use of whole blood in trauma resuscitation by Dr. Mark Yazer, (University of Pittsburgh)
  • Cold Stored platelets by Dr. Jim Stubbs (Mayo Clinic)
  • Iron Infusion for Pre- and Post-operative Anemia by Dr. Ravi Rao Baikady (The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, London)
  • Patient Blood Management: Putting it all together by Elora Thorpe (The University of Kansas Hospital)
  • Implementing PBM Principles in Student and Resident Rotations by Dr. Mandy Flannery O’Leary (Louisiana State University)
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Dr. Mark Yazer presents, "What’s Old is New Again: The use of whole blood in trauma resuscitation."

Tuesday, 9:47 a.m.

A Patient's Perspective: Amber's Story

Day two kicked off on an emotional note, setting the stage to continue a critical dialogue about the importance of transfusion medicine. Dr. Donald Jenkins started his presentation, "Patient Story, Mayo experience with whole blood/cold stored platelets," with a patient story. Below is Amber's Story.

In an emergency, getting people to the hospital quickly is essential. But, experts at Mayo Clinic say the care patients get along the way is just as important. That was certainly the case for a Minnesota mother, whose life was saved because the Mayo One medical helicopter that came to get her was stocked with something most air ambulances don't carry, packed red blood cells and plasma. Here’s Dennis Douda for the Mayo Clinic News Network.

Dr. Donald Jenkins, Mayo Clinic, kicked off today's presentations with a patient story and Mayo Clinic's experience with whole blood/cold stored platelets
Dr. Donald Jenkins, Mayo Clinic, kicked off today's presentations with a patient story and Mayo Clinic's experience with whole blood/cold stored platelets

Tuesday, 9:31 a.m.

Yummy!

Starting the morning off right with beignets and good coffee.
Starting the morning off right with beignets and good coffee.

Tuesday, 9:03 a.m.

Good morning from New Orleans!

A sunny day in New Orleans. Ready for another great day!
A sunny day in New Orleans. Ready for another great day!

Monday, 3:31 p.m.

The First Day of TransFuse is in the Books

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Attendees from all around the country assembled in New Orleans to hear from each other as well as from leading clinicians in the field of transfusion medicine.

Our first day in New Orleans was an overwhelming success full of amazing presenters and dialog. Some of the highlights from today were:

  • Dr. Greg Nuttal, Mayo Clinic, kicks off this year's conference in New Orleans.
    Dr. Greg Nuttal, Mayo Clinic, kicks off this year's conference in New Orleans.

    A warm New Orleans' welcome was delivered by our TransFuse 2016 Course Directors to kick off the meeting. Their brief remarks set the stage for a jam-packed agenda for the three-day conference.

  • The first presentation of the day was from Dr. Victor Convertino, U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research who presented on the "Human Hemorrhage Model." The next presenter was Mayo Clinic's Dr. Martin Zielinski who followed with his talk about the, "Ideal Blood Product Utilization for Hemorrhage Resuscitation." The final presenter, Dr. Ian Welsby of Duke University, of the morning discussed, "Factor based Transfusion Algorithms."
  • We had an amazing lineup of breakout sessions in the afternoon. Below is the full list of presenters and the subjects they covered.
  • Thank you to all of our faculty and attendees for an awesome first day!
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One of the morning presenters was Victor Convertino, Ph.D., a Senior Scientist at the U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research in Fort Sam Houston, Texas

Break-Out Sessions

  • How do different specialties approach futility in surgery?
    Dr. Donald Jenkins and Dr. Justin Kreuter, Mayo Clinic
  • Teamwork is Real – Communicating with Colleagues
    Dr. Darryl Chutka and Dr. Adamarie Multari, Mayo Clinic
  • How can technology help avoid adverse events? 
    Dr. James Stubbs, Mayo Clinic
  • What can I learn from the UK approach to PBM? 
    Dr. Ravi Rao Baikady, The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust
  • What technology can I use to train my residents? 
    Dr. Justin Kreuter, Mayo Clinic
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