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Transfusion Medicine

Helping blood banks and clinicians solve their most difficult transfusion problems.

Physician Consult

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414-316-6610

Versiti provides medical services for our community hospitals in transfusion medicine-related areas and medical oversight for blood collection and blood donors. Our physician group is involved in patient care in both the inpatient and outpatient settings through consultations and management of patients requiring transfusion, coagulation support and therapeutic apheresis. Our physicians are available for questions regarding blood collection, transfusion therapy, coagulation disorders and hematologic concerns, as well as questions about adverse events possibly caused by transfusions.

Versiti currently has 10 physicians as part of their practice group with training in pathology, internal medicine and/or hematology, as well as specialty in blood banking/transfusions medicine. Together, they represent more than 125 years of experience. These physicians are involved in the following areas of responsibility or activities:

  • Medical direction for the various Diagnostic Laboratories and blood collection throughout Versiti
  • Medical direction of hospital-based transfusion services
  • Clinical consultation for transfusion support for alloimmunized patients and bleeding disorders
  • Oversight and management of patients undergoing therapeutic apheresis
  • Education of medical staff, residents, medical students and other healthcare providers in transfusion medicine-related topics
  • Leadership and promotion of appropriate use of blood products and guidance for blood management projects at affiliated hospitals
  • Participation in basic science and clinical and/or applied research related to transfusion medicine and hemostasis

Approach

Our expertise allows us to provide direction and management for a broad range of transfusion-related problems and issues for both adult and pediatric patients, as well as donor management. Some specific activities include:

  • Diagnosis and treatment for hemostatic disorders
  • Management of thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP)
  • Management of patients requiring therapeutic apheresis procedures (for a variety of indications) · Evaluation and management of neonatal alloimmune thrombocytopenia (NAIT) and post-transfusion purpura (PTP) and ITP, including drug-induced disorders
  • Evaluation and management of autoimmune syndromes, such as AIHA
  • Evaluation of patients with transfusion-related adverse events and complications, such as Transfusion Related Acute Lung Injury (TRALI), delayed hemolytic transfusion reactions, and allergic reactions
  • Management and transfusion support for chronic transfusion-dependent patients, including red cell exchange for patients with sickle cell disease
  • Serologic evaluation and transfusion support for perinatal patients who are alloimmunized against red cell antigens and at risk for Hemolytic Disease of the Fetus and Newborns (HFDN)
  • Leadership and promotion of patient blood management initiatives at affiliated hospitals · Guidance for alternatives to transfusion therapy and management of bleeding complications in patients on anticoagulants
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