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The 2nd Annual UC San Diego Essentials and Advances in Apheresis Therapies is a 2 1/2 - day multidisciplinary conference to be held February 27 - March 1, 2014.  Recognized leaders from around the country will lead both didactic sessions and interactive discussions and will cover comprehensive reviews of the essentials plus selected advanced topics.

This second annual conference will build on the success of the first in covering the basics while also appealing to established apheresis specialists. Fundamentals will comprise basic principles, procedures, prescribing, patient management, care of specific populations and apheresis service administration. Updates on disease indications will be supplemented by case studies. In-depth reviews by experts will include scientific advances in the understanding of selected diseases and innovations in apheresis techniques. The content is being expanded in 2014 by adding concurrent sessions entitled "Frontiers in Apheresis Science" and "Expertise in Apheresis Practice". The popular small group workshops, led by experienced practitioners, will again offer attendees a unique hands-on opportunity to study various techniques and machines used in therapeutic apheresis.

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, the participants will be able to:

  • Define the spectrum of therapeutic apheresis modalities and equipment.
  • 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.
  • Describe the differences between centrifugal and membrane plasma separation and the use of selective secondary plasma processing.
  • Identify the use of apheresis in pediatrics, stem cell transplantation, and other special patient populations.
  • Discuss apheresis reimbursement, quality assurance and program management.
  • Recognize recent developments and the future of apheresis medicine.

Workshop Learning Objectives

For each workshop session completed, the participant will 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 vascular access requirements of each machine studied.

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