tHERAPEUTIC APHERESIS

  1. Hello,

    I have a question for anyone who works in harvesting stem cells for Allo/Auto BMT patients. Is there a national certification or just a test held by ASFA? Also, for pediatric patients how do you calculate their TBV, what do you prime your machine with? whole blood or i unit of diluted PRBC equivalant to the child HCT? I would like to find any nurse working in this area to assist with other question. Please help...
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  3. by   EricJRN
    There is the Hemapheresis Practitioner [HP(ASCP)] certification offered by the American Society for Clinical Pathology, but I think it's more geared toward plateletpheresis and plasmapheresis than it is toward PBSC's/BMT stuff. Something to consider though...

    Can't really answer the other questions - haven't worked in apheresis since becoming an RN almost a year ago, and even then I was just a platelet/plasma/granulocyte guy (almost all donor procedures, very few therapeutic).
  4. by   RN BSN 2009
    I donate platelets

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