This 2½-day multidisciplinary program is designed to appeal to first time attendees and to returning participants. Expert reviews of the essentials will be augmented with selected new topics and discussions of advances and innovations.

  • Nationally and internationally recognized leaders will present didactic sessions and conduct interactive discussions
  • Fundamentals will include in-depth reviews of basic principles, procedures, prescribing, clinical management and care of special populations
  • Updates on selected disease indications will be supplemented by case studies and new clinical science
  • Symposia will review plasma exchange, cell apheresis modalities, technology innovations, billing practices and program management
  • The popular concurrent sessions on Frontiers in Apheresis Science and Expertise in Apheresis Practice will continue with updated topics
  • Breakfast with the Experts will be offered for two days. Each session will focus on a different area of interest and will provide opportunities for interactive discussions
  • Participants will be offered interactive small group sessions led by experienced practitioners focused on various techniques and machines used in therapeutic apheresis
  • Conference attendees will have the opportunity to submit challenging cases for discussion during a daily expert panel session

Target Audience

The target audience for this initiative includes physicians and allied health professionals interested in therapeutic apheresis, including both established practitioners and those embarking on a new apheresis service. The content is aimed at nephrologists, hematologists, clinical pathologists, blood bankers and nurses.

Overall Program Objectives

After completing the didactic sessions, participants should be able to:

  • Review current clinical indications for therapeutic plasmapheresis, photopheresis and other cytapheresis procedures, per ASFA guidelines
  • Discuss options for vascular access, anticoagulation, and prescription for the various apheresis techniques, and their associated complications
  • Recognize and describe important pharmacologic issues that arise with apheresis procedures, including timing of administration and drug removal, as well as impact on anticoagulation
  • Identify apheresis techniques in specialized populations such as pediatrics, research collections, and CAR-T cell therapies
  • Discuss apheresis program management issues, including reimbursement
  • Recognize recent developments in clinical trials and the future of apheresis medicine

Small Group Sessions Learning Objectives

For each small group session completed, participants should be able to:

  • Distinguish the apheresis modalities that can be performed by different types of apheresis equipment, such as centrifugal machines, membrane separators, secondary plasma purification and cell processing systems
  • Describe the blood pathway configuration of each machine studied, and the operator-controlled adjustments that are typically needed
  • Discuss the typical blood flow rate, anticoagulation and fluid replacement requirements of each machine studied
  • Identify various vascular access options available for apheresis, including tips for successful peripheral IV placement as well as various port options

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