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BIO2217 Transfusion Science

Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Health and Medical Sciences
Grading basis : Graded
Course fee schedule : https://www.unisq.edu.au/current-students/administration/fees/fee-schedules
Version produced : 27 January 2023


Pre-requisite: BIO1103 and BIO1104 and BIO2108


Transfusion Science is a specialised sub-discipline of Haematology focussed on the provision of safe, viable and compatible blood products for patients requiring transfusion. This course will provide students with the theory and practical skills required by health practitioners working in transfusion laboratories and blood banks. This course will also provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the therapeutic use of blood products in the clinical setting and foster a well-informed systematic approach to the performance of the relevant laboratory investigations.

As part of the USQ accreditation agreement with the Australian Institute of Medical and Clinical Scientists (AIMS), students are required to attempt and submit all assessment items in this course. Students are also required to obtain at least 80% of the marks allocated to the practical/laboratory skills assessment in this course.

This course builds on the introduction to Transfusion Science presented in BIO1103 Pathology Studies and the introduction to erythrocyte membranes and red blood cell antigens presented in BIO2108 Haematology 1. Transfusion Science will provide students with a solid understanding of the theory and practice of pre-transfusion testing and the procedures involved in the provision of compatible blood products for patients requiring transfusion of red blood cells, platelets and fresh and fractionated plasma products. This course also explores the pathogenesis and associated laboratory investigation of haemolytic transfusion reactions, haemolytic disease of the foetus and newborn and other serious hazards of transfusion. The isolation, assessment, storage and use of haemopoietic stem cells in transplantation procedures is also explored. The course is designed to enable graduates to commence work in a transfusion laboratory.

The residential school component of this course will provide students with the opportunity to perform a complete pre-transfusion work-up including ABO and Rh(D) blood typing, antibody screening, antibody identification, red blood cell phenotyping and cross-matching. The residential school and associated skills evaluation will enhance the student's capacity and confidence to make critical and informed judgements in a professional setting.

This course contains a mandatory residential school for both external and on-campus students.

Course offers

Study period Mode Campus
Semester 2, 2022 External
Semester 2, 2022 On-campus Toowoomba
Date printed 27 January 2023