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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

Faculty/College

Faculty of Health

Pre-requisites

Must have completed or be currently enrolled into MEDC2001 - Immunology

Unit aim

Provides students with knowledge and practical skills required for blood banking and the discipline of blood transfusion. Laboratory sessions focus on skills in blood grouping, compatibility testing, and antibody investigations for autoimmune haemolytic anaemias, antenatal and postnatal screening, and transfusion reactions. Students will consolidate and further develop professional behaviours and competencies, as well as integrate theory and practical skills.

Unit content

•    Foundations of blood banking and transfusion practices

•    Major blood group systems and their clinical significance in blood transfusions

•    Physiological factors that influence blood transfusions and tissue transplants

•    Transfusion reactions, haemolytic disease of the newborn, and autoimmune haemolytic anaemias

•    Management, quality control and assurance required for blood banking and transfusion practices

Students will apply the skills and knowledge acquired throughout their degree thus far whilst undertaking professional experience placements in urban, regional, rural or remote settings. Students complete a 40 hour introductory fieldwork placement under the supervision of one or more laboratory scientists.

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:
1 compare and contrast the major blood group systems
2 explain donor screening, preparation and safety procedures
3 explain the factors that influence blood transfusions and tissue transplants
4 perform blood grouping, antibody screening, and cross matching procedures, interpret the results, and select blood products for safe transfusion
5 investigate autoimmune haemolytic anaemias, haemolytic disease of the newborn, and transfusion reactions
6 discuss and apply quality and compliance procedures required in blood banking and safe transfusion practices and management

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. compare and contrast the major blood group systems
  2. explain donor screening, preparation and safety procedures
  3. explain the factors that influence blood transfusions and tissue transplants
  4. perform blood grouping, antibody screening, and cross matching procedures, interpret the results, and select blood products for safe transfusion
  5. investigate autoimmune haemolytic anaemias, haemolytic disease of the newborn, and transfusion reactions
  6. discuss and apply quality and compliance procedures required in blood banking and safe transfusion practices and management

Prescribed texts

  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.