Transfusion Medicine: Where we have come in the last 10 years (Recorded 2017)

Content of the “Transfusion Medicine: where we have come in the last 10 years” webinar

Amanda has been interested in Transfusion Medicine for almost the entirety of her career. As Clinical Director for Vets Now, Amanda has worked closely with Pet Blood Bank UK over the past 10 years, experiencing the development of transfusion medicine first hand.

In this webinar, she will discuss the advancements within this vital veterinary field including literature and scientific research surrounding transfusion medicine and how they may impact on the care of our patients.

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Amanda Boag

MA VetMB DECVECC DACVECC DACVIM FHEA MRCVS

Amanda graduated from Cambridge University in 1998. She then undertook two consecutive small animal internships first at the Royal Veterinary College, London and then at the University of Pennsylvania.

She returned to the RVC to do a residency and remained as a Lecturer in Emergency and Critical Care from 2003-2008.

During that time, she was very involved with running of both the referral and first opinion emergency service as well as teaching on veterinary undergraduate, postgraduate and veterinary nursing programmes.

Amanda is Board certified in both Internal Medicine and Emergency and Critical Care.

In September 2008, she took up the post of Clinical Director at Vets Now where she has a wide-ranging role overseeing clinical and professional standards within the business.

She has published many peer reviewed articles and book chapters and is Co-editor of the BSAVA Manual of Emergency and Critical Care.

Amanda acts as a veterinary consultant for Pet Blood Bank and is Past President of the European Society of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care.

She is currently Inaugural President of the European College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care and a Trustee of the British College of Veterinary Specialists.

She received the BSAVA Melton Award in 2011.

 

 

 

 

 

Camelid Plasma Webinar: Part 2

Content of the “Camelid Plasma” webinar

As camelid transfusion medicine is relatively new and continues to evolve it was felt beneficial to provide support and education to veterinary professionals on the safe and effective way to collect and use camelid blood.

The following webinar is split into two parts:

Part 1 – how to safely collect alpaca whole blood and processing it into plasma

Part 2 – guidance on how to transfuse to crias who are suffering from a failure of passive transfer of maternal immunity

Watching both webinars will contribute 1 1/2 hours to CPD and you will be provided with a certificate once both webinars are complete.

 

 

About the speakers

Claire E Whitehead BVM&S MS FHEA MRCVS, Diplomate ACVIM (Large Animal), RCVS Recognised Specialist in Camelid Health & Production, Honorary Lecturer, School of Veterinary Education, University of Liverpool

Claire completed a Residency in Large Animal Internal Medicine at The Ohio State University in July 2005. After a further year at Ohio State as a clinical instructor in Camelid Medicine and Reproduction, she returned to the UK in 2007 where she established the first referral service catering specifically for Camelids alongside other farm animals at The Royal Veterinary College. In May 2011, she set up in private practice running a camelid-only referral and consultancy practice and runs courses for vets and owners/breeders on Camelid Health and Reproduction. She opened a new camelid-focused facility in Summer 2015. She is the current President of the British Veterinary Camelid Society and was recognized as an RCVS Specialist in Camelid Health & Production in February 2016.

 

 

 

 

 

Jenny Walton BVM&S MRCVS

Jenny qualified from R(D)SVS in 1998. She worked in mixed practice for 4 years before moving into the field of small animal emergency and critical care with Vets Now. Jenny worked in Vets Now emergency and critical care clinics for 10 years and through Vets Now, she ran the practical trial researching canine blood banking in 2006. Following the success of the trial Pet Blood Bank was launched in 2007. Jenny holds the role of Veterinary Supervisor for PBB. Alongside this role she works part-time in general practice.

 

Camelid Plasma Webinar: Part 1

Content of the “Camelid Plasma” webinar

As camelid transfusion medicine is relatively new and continues to evolve it was felt beneficial to provide support and education to veterinary professionals on the safe and effective way to collect and use camelid blood.

The following webinar is split into two parts:

Part 1 – how to safely collect alpaca whole blood and processing it into plasma

Part 2 – guidance on how to transfuse to crias who are suffering from a failure of passive transfer of maternal immunity

Watching both webinars will contribute 1 1/2 hours to CPD and you will be provided with a certificate once both webinars are complete.

 

 

About the speakers

Claire E Whitehead BVM&S MS FHEA MRCVS, Diplomate ACVIM (Large Animal), RCVS Recognised Specialist in Camelid Health & Production, Honorary Lecturer, School of Veterinary Education, University of Liverpool

Claire completed a Residency in Large Animal Internal Medicine at The Ohio State University in July 2005. After a further year at Ohio State as a clinical instructor in Camelid Medicine and Reproduction, she returned to the UK in 2007 where she established the first referral service catering specifically for Camelids alongside other farm animals at The Royal Veterinary College. In May 2011, she set up in private practice running a camelid-only referral and consultancy practice and runs courses for vets and owners/breeders on Camelid Health and Reproduction. She opened a new camelid-focused facility in Summer 2015. She is the current President of the British Veterinary Camelid Society and was recognized as an RCVS Specialist in Camelid Health & Production in February 2016.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jenny Walton BVM&S MRCVS

Jenny qualified from R(D)SVS in 1998. She worked in mixed practice for 4 years before moving into the field of small animal emergency and critical care with Vets Now. Jenny worked in Vets Now emergency and critical care clinics for 10 years and through Vets Now, she ran the practical trial researching canine blood banking in 2006. Following the success of the trial Pet Blood Bank was launched in 2007. Jenny holds the role of Veterinary Supervisor for PBB. Alongside this role she works part-time in general practice.

 

Pet Blood Bank Induction Non-Contracted Staff

A huge thank you for to you for joining our team and supporting us on sessions. The Welcome course should have provided you with lots of background about PBB UK and how we work.

The following lessons cover additional areas that we feel are important for all our team members.

Quick Note on Session Attendance

It is vital we can staff our collection sessions to be able to meet the increasing demand for blood products and we aim to staff our sessions with a minimum number of people so they run smoothly and safely for our donors, end product quality and staff alike.

This means that when we lose a team member from a session, we run the risk of having to cancel the session and we are therefore unable to collect the much needed units. It is therefore really important that when you agree to support us on sessions that you are realistic with the demands you place on yourself and do not over commit, as pulling out of a session could have a significant impact on our blood stock. We kindly ask therefore that you only schedule in sessions that you are confident that you can attend.

If you are unable to attend a session, please provide us with as much notice as you can so we can try and make alternate staffing arrangements. Please make sure that you make contact by telephone with a Pet Blood Bank staff member directly as e-mails and texts may not be seen in time.

 

Welcome to Pet Blood Bank

Welcome to Pet Blood Bank!

This course is designed to give you a background into Pet Blood Bank and how we work. First, a little about how we started.

Pet Blood Bank – How we started

  • The need for easy access to blood was recognised by Vets Now staff, who as an emergency service saw a higher percentage of cases that may require blood products. A project was set up to allow the Vets Now clinics to screen several cats and dogs to allow them to be called upon in an emergency. However, with donors not always available at night or weekends, it wasn’t a reliable service
  • In October 2005 a change to The Veterinary Medicines Act  made it possible for vets to store blood. Click on the link and scroll down to Part 3 for full details of the legislative change.

 

            https://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2005/2745/schedule/2/made

 

  • In January 2006 Vets Now started a research project led by Wendy Barnett to investigate setting up a blood bank for Vets Now
  • The research involved Wendy, visiting blood banks in America, where pet blood banking had been common place since 1988, to investigate blood banking
  • A range of organisations were visited from companies, referral hospitals and universities all operating a blood bank.  These organisations are either:
    • Commercial – where the company make a profit from selling the blood products
    • Not for Profit (Charity) – where any profit made is reinvested into the charity
    • Colony – where dogs are kept in groups (i.e. closed colonies) for the purpose of being blood donors.
    • Voluntary Scheme – where dogs are pets and provided by veterinary staff members, students or general public
  • Wendy also visited the voluntary donor programme at the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) and liased with the Veterinary Medicines Directoriate (VMD) to ensure we could meet the requirements to obtain a license to operate a blood bank. Wendy also received advice and support from the National Blood service
  • The proposition to Vets Now after Wendy had completed the research was that a blood bank should be set up as a not for profit (charity) running a voluntary scheme, where pet owners are invited to enrol their dogs as blood donors. This charity would supply the whole of the UK veterinary profession rather than just Vets Now clinics. Market research confirmed the UK public would prefer to support a charity rather than a commercial organisation
  • A pilot project was run in the North East by Jenny Walton with the knowledge and equipment Wendy had brought back from America, where pet owned dogs were invited to donate blood at Durham Vets 4 Pets. This pilot project helped us gain valuable insight in how best to run a collection session and also proved the need for a blood bank service in the UK as Jenny then used the blood components on her patients at Vets Now Gateshead clinic
  • Pet Blood Bank UK was launched at Crufts 2007 to the pet owning public and at BSAVA 2007 to the veterinary profession

 

  • Vets Now provided a loan to set up and establish the charity (which was paid back over a number of years)
  • Pet Blood Bank is completely independent of Vets Now, however they still work closely together to advance transfusion medicine

To find out more about the PBB journey since 2007 visit PBB website and check out “Our Journey”

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SOP.SIS.04.04 – Temperature Monitoring of Critical Storage Equipment

The following course will cover Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) SOP.SIS.04.04

The purpose of SOP.SIS.04.04 is to explain our process for ensuring that key refrigerators and freezers are monitored to ensure safe product storage.

Restrictions for this SOP:

  • May only be carried out unsupervised by PBB staff who have been trained in this procedure
  • No equipment may be put to routine use until Pet Blood Bank Equipment Procedure MPD/EQU/01 has been followed.

Please Note: Any associated documents or forms referred to in this course are stored on our secure document site and will either be covered in a stand alone course or can be accessed on request.

SOP.SIS.03.04 – Track Issued Products

The following course will cover Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) SOP.SIS.03.04

The purpose of SOP.SIS.03.04 is to outline how we ensure our products reach their destination on time.

Restrictions for this SOP:

  • May only be carried out unsupervised by PBB staff who have been trained in this procedure

Please Note: Any associated documents or forms referred to in this course are stored on our secure document site and will either be covered in a stand alone course or can be accessed on request.

SOP.SIS.06.03 – Issue of Products Out of Hours

The following course will cover Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) SOP.SIS.06.03

The purpose of SOP.SIS.06.03 is to demonstrate how we ensure that advice and blood products are available 24 hours a day.

Restrictions for this SOP:

  • May only be carried out unsupervised by PBB staff who have been trained to this SOP

Please Note: Any associated documents or forms referred to in this course are stored on our secure document site and will either be covered in a stand alone course or can be accessed on request.

SOP.SSM.01.05 – Acceptance and Release of Key Materials

The following course will cover Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) SOP.SSM.01.05

The purpose of SOP.SSM.01.05 is to explain the process used to ensure that key materials received from external suppliers are accounted for and tested for suitability before use.

Restrictions for this SOP:

  • Criteria for acceptance testing may only be defined by the Clinical or Managing Director.
  • Quarantined goods may only be released by PBB staff trained in this procedure  and identified on FRM/SSM/01

Please Note: Any associated documents or forms referred to in this course are stored on our secure document site and will either be covered in a stand alone course or can be accessed on request.

SOP.QUA.02.04 Transfusion Reaction Procedure

The following course will cover Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) SOP.QUA.02.04

The purpose of SOP.QUA.02.04  is to explain the process used to investigate potential transfusion reactions to ensure product quality is maintained at the highest standard.

Restrictions for this SOP:

  • May only be carried out unsupervised by PBB staff who have been trained in this procedure

Please Note: Any associated documents or forms referred to in this course are stored on our secure document site and will either be covered in a stand alone course or can be accessed on request.

SOP.QUA.01.03 Recall Procedure

The following course will cover Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) SOP.QUA.01.03

The purpose of SOP.QUA.01.03 is to explain the process used to effectively remove donations and products where a non-conformance has been identified within the production system.

Restrictions for this SOP:

  • May only be carried out unsupervised by PBB staff who have been trained in this procedure

Please Note: Any associated documents or forms referred to in this course are stored on our secure document site and will either be covered in a stand alone course or can be accessed on request.

SOP.TES.04.04 – Quarantine, Release and Failing of Blood Products

The following course will cover Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) SOP.TES.04.04

The purpose of SOP.TES.04.04 is to explain the process used to prevent the sale and issue of blood products subject to various blood tests until results have been authorised.

Restrictions for this SOP:

  • May only be carried out unsupervised by PBB staff who have been trained in this procedure
  • Release or failure of units in quarantine may only be authorised by the Veterinary Supervisor or an authorised veterinary surgeon using INF/TES/14
  • No food or drink may be stored or consumed within the designated clean area.

Please Note: Any associated documents or forms referred to in this course are stored on our secure document site and will either be covered in a stand alone course or can be accessed on request.

SOP.TES.02.03 DEA1 Blood Typing – Alvedia Laboratory Test

The following course will cover Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) SOP.TES.02.03

The purpose of SOP.TES.02.03 is to explain the process used to establish the DEA1 blood type of the dog units collected.

Restrictions for this SOP:

  • May only be carried out unsupervised by PBB staff who have been trained in this procedure
  • Blood typing must be carried out in the designated clean area
  • No food or drink may be stored or consumed within the designated clean area.

Please Note: Any associated documents or forms referred to in this course are stored on our secure document site and will either be covered in a stand alone course or can be accessed on request.

MPD.SSM.01.04 – Selection and Approval of External Suppliers

The following course will cover Management Process Description (MPD) MPD.SSM.01.04

The purpose of MPD.QUA.01.04 is to explain how we source and approve critical materials and services.

Restrictions for this MPD:

  • This process does not cover financial aspects of supplier audit or financial benefits to PBB

Please Note: Any associated documents or forms referred to in this course are stored on our secure document site and can be accessed on request.

MPD.EQU.01.02 Pet Blood Bank Equipment Procedure

The following course will cover Management Process Description (MPD) MPD.QUA.01.02

The purpose of MPD.QUA.01.02 is to explain the process for our equipment validation and approval, maintenance, servicing  and repair. This is important as you will be involved in using equipment and may need to report a fault or damage.

Restrictions for this MPD:

  • May only be carried out by unsupervised PBB staff who have been trained to this procedure.
  • No routine equipment may be put to use until full validation and acceptance procedures have been completed.

Please Note: Any associated documents or forms referred to in this course are stored on our secure document site and can be accessed on request.

MPD.QUA.04.05 Self Inspection (Internal Audit)

The following course will cover Management Process Description (MPD) MPD.QUA.04.05

The purpose of MPD.QUA.04.05 is to explain how our internal auditing is performed. This is important as all areas of our blood manufacturing process will be subject to audit and you may be involved in the audit in your area of work.

Restrictions for this MPD:

  • Can only be performed by staff members who have received internal audit training or external auditors who have completed a recognised training course evidenced by a certificate.

Please Note: Any associated documents or forms referred to in this course are stored on our secure document site and can be accessed on request.

MPD.QUA.02.06 Management Quality Review

The following course will cover Management Process Description (MPD) MPD.QUA.02.06

The purpose of MPD.QUA.02.06 is to explain how our internal Quality Review is carried out. This is important as the Quality Review impacts on all aspects our organisation’s work.

 

Please Note: Any associated documents or forms referred to in this course are stored on our secure document site and can be accessed on request.

Webinar: FeLV: An Update

Transfusion Medicine CPD.

We are very fortunate to be supported by some amazing veterinary specialists and veterinary nurses that give willingly their time, knowledge and experience so that we can continue to support you, whilst you treat and nurse the nation’s pets.

Thank you Brigitte Wilkens for this wonderfully informative and interesting update on Feline Leukaemia Virus.

This webinar will cover different clinical relevant aspects of FeLV infection including transmission, clinical signs, testing and management. Brigitte will introduce the updated AAFP (American Association of Feline Practitioners) guidelines published in 2020.

To receive a certificate for this course to enable you to claim 1 hour of CPD please email CPD@petbloodbankuk.org

 

GDPR – Line Managers

GDPR – Line Managers

The purpose of the new General Data Protection Regulation is to standardise data protection laws across EU member states

The goal of GDPR is to ensure Pet Blood Bank protects individuals against possible misuse of information about them held by other. It is the policy of Pet Blood Bank to ensure that all staff are aware of the importance of data protection in relation to their individual roles and responsibilities

The Data Protection Act 1998 covers the use by companies of the sensitive and personal data of their customers, clients and employees, whether held on computer or in certain manual files

From 25th of May 2018, Pet Blood Bank is legally required to abide by the data protection principles which will be embodied in the new Data Protection Act and as such is liable to significant fines for any loss or misuse of sensitive or personal data

It is a requirement of Pet Blood Bank that all team members complete the following course and read the associated documents pertaining to GDPR (listed below) which can be found on BreatheHR:

  • PBB Email Guidelines
  • PBB Data Retention Policy and Retention Schedule – please date and sign page 2 and return to HR@petbloodbankuk.org
  • PBB Employee Privacy Policy
  • PBB Security Policy
  • PBB IT Guidelines and Policy
  • PBB Data Protection Policy – please date and sign page 10 and return to your line manager

Once you have read the following presentation please remember to mark as complete and you will be issued with a certificate to indicate completion.

Square Peg GDPR presentation for PBB Managers & HR staff May 2018

SOP.QUA.04.05 – Non-conformance Procedure

The following course will cover Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) SOP.QUA.04.05

The purpose of SOP.QUA.04.05 is to train you with regards to:

  • Identify non-conformances that occur within PBB and take the required action to eliminate or minimise risk, reduce the recurrence and make any necessary changes to improve the systems, processes or procedures.

Restrictions for this SOP:

  • This process covers internal and external non-conformances including those that have occurred by a third party or supplier.
  • PBB will work with the supplier to improve the service, however any changes to the supplier’s services or procedures are out with PBB control.

Please Note: Any associated documents listed in the SOP are not included in the following training course, but will be available to access on our secure controlled document site on request.