For more details on Apheresis Nursing Specialty, please visit ASFA website American Society for Apheresis — Home
, and Terumo-BCT website Terumo BCT - Unlocking the Potential of Blood
Apheresis nursing has evolved as a new nursing specialty. There are two areas of practice here, although it generally falls under one specialty. 1st: Blood Donor Apheresis Nurse - responsible for blood component collection, e.g., plasma & platelet collection. 2nd: Therapeutic Apheresis Nurse - responsible for all therapeutic usage, e.g. plasma exchange (indication examples - Guillain Barre Syndrome
; TTP-Thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura
); Leukapheresis such as leukodepletion or stem cell collection/retransfusion. As therapeutic apheresis nurse you will be dealing with mostly Neurologic/autoimmune, and hematological disorders. And, some Hemato-Oncological conditions.
Currently, the gold standard machine in use globally is the Cobe Spectra, and/or the Trima Accel and Optia Spectra (a newer versions and state-of-the-art apheresis system). Mostly, other nursing specialty who ventured on apheresis are the hemodialysis nurses, but of course any nurses, especially those with excellent dexterity on computerized machine, and good vascular access skills are also suitable.
I am a nurse practitioner on Therapeutic and Donor Apheresis Nursing. I hope I am able to give you more insight about apheresis nursing specialty. Regards. Romir