Antibody Detection and Identification (Online CE Course)

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Author: Margaret Alba, DOM, CLS(NCA), BB(ASCP)
Reviewer: Erin Tretter, MBA, MT(ASCP)

Do you find detective work exciting? Do you want to improve those skills? Our Antibody Detection and Identification course will guide you through the processes that will help you to expose the antibody that is the culprit. Antibodies must be identified so that appropriate blood products are selected for transfusion and the risk of adverse reaction is minimized. Clinically significant antibodies are capable of causing transfusion reactions, hemolytic disease of the newborn and in severe cases, death. Learning how to be a skilled detective is essential so that you, the clinical laboratory scientist, can prevent those situations from occurring.

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Continuing Education Credits

P.A.C.E.® Contact Hours (acceptable for AMT, ASCP, and state recertification): 2.5 hour(s)
Course number 578-022-16, approved through 4/30/2018
Florida Board of Clinical Laboratory Personnel Credit Hours - General (Blood Banking / Immunohematology): 2.5 hour(s)
Course number 20-547497, approved through 9/1/2018


  • Discuss methods that are used to facilitate antibody identification.
  • Discuss the reactions that would be seen on an antibody panel if any of the following antibodies are present: homozygous, heterozygous, antibody to high-incidence antigen or low-incidence antigen, and an antibody exhibiting dosage.
  • Outline the process that should be followed to identify the unknown antibodies that are present in the given case studies.
  • Assess antibody panels to determine if any of the following are present: Multiple antibodies, cold antibodies, or warm autoantibodies.
  • Determine how to interpret the strengths of panel reactions, how to choose selected cell panels, and when to run enzyme panels.

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Additional Information

Level of instruction: Intermediate

Intended Audience: Clinical laboratory technologists, technicians, and pathologists. This course is also appropriate for clinical laboratory science students and pathology residents.
Author information: Margaret Alba, DOM, CLS(NCA), BB(ASCP) is a Lecturer in Clinical Immunohematology at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and a Medical Technologist at Tricore-University Hospital, also located in Albuquerque. She holds a Masters in Oriental Medicine from the International Institute of Chinese Medicine and a Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Technology from the University of Texas at El Paso.
Reviewer information: Erin Tretter, MBA, MT(ASCP), is currently the Rapid Response Laboratory Supervisor at Paoli Hospital. Erin received her Masters in Business Administration from Florida Institute of Technology where she is a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor’s Society. She received her BS in Medical Technology from California University of Pennsylvania and has experience as a Generalist, including Blood Bank, Hematology and Chemistry. Erin is currently the Blood Bank Clinical Instructor for the Clinical Laboratory Science Program at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children and has 7 years experience teaching immunohematology concepts and laboratory procedures to laboratory science students. She has also taught Blood Bank in the Clinical Laboratory Technician program at the Community College of Philadelphia.
Course description: This course will take you through several methods that can be used in the process of identifying an antibody in transfusion medicine. Four case studies are presented that take you step-by-step through these procedures and provide you with appropriate panel results.

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