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Everything Nurses Should Know About Massive Transfusion Protocols

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Everything Nurses Should Know About Massive Transfusion Protocols
Janice Tazbir author

Author: Janice Tazbir

Massive transfusions and massive transfusion protocols are present in many institutions across the United States. Hemorrhage is the most common cause of death in the first hour of arriving to a trauma center (2). More than eighty percent of deaths in the operating room (OR) and nearly fifty percent of deaths in the first twenty-four hours after injury are due to exsanguination and coagulopathy (2). While only three percent of civilian, or non-military, trauma patients will receive a massive transfusion (see definition below) these patients consume an amazing seventy percent of all blood transfused at a trauma center (2). Knowing the basics about massive transfusions and their associated protocols can help nurses in the emergent care of trauma and other patients.  

Course Outline

  1. Introduction 
  2. What is a Mass Transfusion? Mass Transfusion Protocol? 
  3. What Criteria Decides Who Receives an MTP? 
  4. Why Mass Transfusion Protocol?
  5. Problems Associated with MTP 
  6. Best Massive Transfusion Protocol Practices
  7. Conclusion  
  8. References 

Accreditation Statement

Nursing CE Central is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

In this course we will discuss the definition, criteria, and best practices for massive transfusion protocols. It will take the average learner 150 minutes to complete.

Course Objectives

After completing this course, the learner will be able to:

  1. Review definition of massive transfusion. 
  2. Identify criteria for receiving a massive transfusion. 
  3. Describe what is in a massive transfusion protocol and why. 
  4. List problems associated with massive transfusion protocol and why. 
  5. Review massive transfusion protocol best practices. 

Target Audience

  • Registered Nurses (RN)
  • Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRN)
  • Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN/LVN)

Requirement for Completion

  1. Enrollment in the course by the learner
  2. Read and learn all course materials
  3. Complete the course evaluation
  4. Attest and testify learning of the course materials

Accreditations + Approvals

  • American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) (P0614)
  • California Board of Registered Nursing (CEP 17418)
  • Kentucky Board of Nursing (7-0090)
  • Louisiana State Board of Nursing (58)
  • New York State Department of Education (IC 208)
  • Florida Board of Nursing (50-23983)

Conflict of Interest Statement

Nursing CE Central nor any of the authors, planners, content experts or any contributors have a commercial interest nor were influenced by commercial interests in the creation of this course, financially or otherwise.

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Course created on: June 04, 2021

Course Expires on: June 04, 2024

Course Offering: #82