University of Technology Sydney

91129 Transfusion Science

6cp; 6hpw
Requisite(s): 91401 Immunology 1 OR 91563 Haematology 1


This subject covers human blood groups, principles of donor blood compatibility and antigen/antibody reactions, detection and identification of serum antibodies, blood products, the safety of the blood supply and minimisation of transmission of infectious diseases, investigation of transfusion reactions, haemolytic disease of the newborn, platelet and leucocyte immunohaematology, transfusion in critical care situations, legal aspects of transfusion of blood products, stem cell transplantation, and cytokine stimulation of haemopoiesis.

This subject teaches the essential principles and practices of transfusion scientists who work in the clinical and research areas of transfusion science. As such, the practical side of the subject is designed to teach the basic tools and methods required to identify antibodies; and to determine if a transfusion reaction may occur by combining the results of the practical work with the material covered in the lecture series.

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Spring session, City campus

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