Science & Innovation Forum - Platelet Bacterial Detection Experience with BACT/ALERT® VIRTUO Versus BACT/ALERT® 3D

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Thursday, October 26, 2023
2:00 – 3:00 PM (ET)

Presented by bioMérieux

BiomerieuxJoin us for an insightful webinar featuring Dr. Vassallo, Chief Medical and Scientific Officer of Vitalant, and Kelly Castro, Manager of Vitalant’s West Division product quality testing laboratory. These two experts will unveil how the latest advancements in BACT/ALERT technology significantly reduces false positive results following LVDS platelet testing. This insightful session is a must-attend for transfusion medicine professionals, laboratory managers, and those interested in elevating platelet testing standards.

After attending this program, participants should be able to:

  • Describe the impact of fewer false positive (FP) results and consequent decline in unnecessary product wastage following LVDS testing of platelets with VIRTUO when converting from BACT/ALERT.
  • Intended Audience: CEOs, CFOs, Clinical Micro Labs, COOs, Directors, Facilities that perform molecular testing, Immunohematology Reference Labs (IRL’s), Laboratory Staff, Managers/Supervisors, Medical Directors, Physicians, Research Scientists, Residents/Fellows, Scientists, Students (MD, MT, SBB), Technologists
  • Registration

    This Science & Innovation Forum is complimentary to all, but registration is required. By registering for this AABB-hosted program you consent to have your information shared with the program sponsor, bioMérieux. Once registered, you will receive an automated email from customercare@gotowebinar.com with access instructions unique to you (check your spam or junk email folders if you do not receive it; add customercare@gotowebinar.com to your safe sender list). The program will be hosted on GoToWebinar so please take a moment prior to the live program to perform a System Check for GoToWebinar. Register here.


    Moderator: Lori Daane, Senior Director, Pharma Scientific Affairs, bioMérieux


    Ralph Vassallo, MDRalph Vassallo, MD
    EVP / Chief Medical and Scientific Officer

    Dr. Vassallo is the Chief Medical and Scientific Officer of Vitalant, based in Scottsdale, Arizona. He was trained in Internal Medicine and Hematology/ Oncology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Practicing Transfusion Medicine for 22 years, he previously spent 10 years as a hospitalist, administrator, and ACGME Program Director. Dr. Vassallo has served on numerous AABB committees, on the board of the Biomedical Excellence for Safer Transfusion Collaborative and on editorial boards of transfusion medicine journals and textbooks, publishing over 90 chapters, articles and reviews.

    Kelly M. Castro, CLS, MT(ASCP)Kelly M. Castro, CLS, MT(ASCP)
    Lab Manager

    Kelly Castro is Manager of Vitalant’s West Division product quality testing laboratory, based in Mather, California. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo and completed the Clinical Laboratory Scientist Training Program at Eisenhower Memorial Hospital. Kelly worked as a licensed Clinical Laboratory Scientist for Community Blood Bank, Rancho Mirage for two years before moving to Vitalant in 2000. Having worked in the blood bank industry for 24 years, Kelly has experience performing and/or management of the following: transfusion work ups, infectious disease testing and blood product quality testing.

    The content of this event was developed independently from the AABB continuing education program. The opinions expressed are those of the faculty. Continuing education credit is not offered.

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