A Perfect Match: Preventing Blood Incompatibility Errors - 384-481-19

A Perfect Match: Preventing Blood Incompatibility Errors

by Dana Bartlett, MSN, MA, RN, CSPI and Collette Bishop Hendler, MS, RN, CIC, CCRN and Anna Ver Hage, MSN, AGACNP-BC, CCRN, CNRN
(4.7 / 215 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Laboratory (1.00 Contact Hr)

Price: $10.00
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More than 21 million blood components are transfused annually in the U.S. But if blood types are mismatched, transfusions can be deadly. Three factors that commonly lead to ABO incompatibility errors have been identified as mislabeling of the blood specimen for cross-matching, misinterpretation by the blood bank, and misidentification of the patient before blood transfusion. Nurses who generally administer blood products must follow facility policy to ensure that they give the correct blood product to the correct patient.


The goal of this continuing education program is to educate nurses and laboratory professionals about blood incompatibility errors and the evidence-based practices to prevent them. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • List three factors that contribute to blood incompatibility errors
  • Describe blood type compatibility between the donor and recipient
  • Explain the procedure for safely administering blood transfusions
Level of Instruction: Basic

Accreditation Information
This course is intended for multiple professions, including nurses and laboratory technologists.
Laboratory technologists: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
For the version accredited or approved for another profession, go to your specific profession at ContinuingEducation.com or Nurse.com/CE. If you have a CE Direct login ID and password (generally provided by your employer), please log in as you normally would at CEDirect.ContinuingEducation.com and search for this topic title.
384-085-19 "A Perfect Match: Preventing Blood Incompatibility Errors" is approved 07/10/2019 to 07/31/2021.
OnCourse Learning is also approved by the Florida Board of Clinical Laboratory Personnel (provider # 50-1489).

Course Originally Released on: 6/16/2008
Date of Most Recent Review: 2/22/2018
Course Termination/Update Date: 7/31/2021

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. Relias LLC guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

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Laura J - Santa Cruz, CA  ·  Dec 09, 2019
Little basic. I already know what the ABO blood group is.
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Kim-Dung T - PORTLAND, OR  ·  Dec 09, 2019
This is very helpful for Tech to maintain knowledge
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JENNIFER W - UNICOI, TN  ·  Dec 09, 2019
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Paula M - Kaufman, TX  ·  Dec 08, 2019
Easy to read, and follow along.
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Lisa H - Fruitland, ID  ·  Dec 08, 2019
i wish it would explain the rational answer ater the question when you get it wrong, this is the only downfall. Great reading and information.
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