HLA Communication Strategies



HLA Communication Strategies: Troubleshooting the Issues & Improving the Process


Thursday, June 29, 2017
3:00 - 4:00 pm Eastern Time /
12:00 - 1:00 pm Pacific Time                


Kerri McCrossen, RN - Moderator
Kidney Coordinator
Ochsner Multi-Organ Transplant Institute
New Orleans, LA

Caroline Raasch Alquist, MD, PhD - Speaker
Section of Transfusion Medicine & Histocompatibility
Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Ochsner Health System
New Orleans, LA


A close relationship between a transplant service and its histocompatibility laboratory is essential to smooth operations on a daily basis. From listing to transplant, communication troubleshooting is a continuous process. This presentation will examine challenges our transplant service and HLA lab have encountered given disparate physical locations, electronic medical record and laboratory information system interface dilemmas, and staffing trials, as well as focus on our measures for performance improvement. 

Target Audience:  

Members of the donation and transplantation community serving diverse populations to include administrators, coordinators, physicians, nurses, surgeons, managers, quality improvement specialists, social workers, and other donation and transplantation center professionals and their colleagues.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of the webinar, participants should be able to

  • Describe the importance of a close working relationship between a robust transplant service and their histocompatibility (HLA) lab.
  • Identify potential weak points in the listing to transplant process, in terms of transplant team to HLA lab communication.
  • Describe strategies and practices to overcome transplant team to HLA lab communication challenges.

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