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Friday, March 2, 2012


World Haemophilia Day

When: April 17, 2012

Every year on April 17, World Hemophilia Day is celebrated around the world in order to increase awareness of hemophilia and other inherited bleeding disorders. World Hemophilia Day was started in 1989 and the World Federation of Hemophilia.

(WFH) chose April 17 in honor of WFH founder Frank Schnabel, who was born on that day.

National Children Education Workshop

When: April 17, 2012
Where: Auckland, New Zealand

For 2012 HFNZ are co-ordinating their very popular national Children’s Education Workshop with World Hemophilia Day for children aged 6 to 10 years with severe bleeding disorders. The theme for the workshop is “Paddling your own waka” and will focus on taking charge of your bleeding disorder. It will be a great day to learn the basics, kayak with Jack Finn and have a heap of fun meeting other kids from around the country.

NEW! Coagulation Simplified:
From the Basics through Complex Testing

2012 ASCP workshops

Steve Johnson, MT(ASCP)
Senior Technologist, Hematology Laboratory, Tufts Medical Center, Boston, MA

When: Friday, April 20, 2012
Where: The Four Points by Sheraton
           Chicago O’Hare Airport Hotel
Author: Steve Johnson, MT(ASCP)
Senior Technologist, Hematology Laboratory, Tufts Medical Center, Boston, MA

Advances in medical procedures and therapeutics and the need to reduce patient length of stay are compelling the coagulation department to expand its routine test menu. Attend this session to gain a thorough update in this important area and discover how your laboratory can contribute to the best patient care.

You’ll begin with the basics: a review of hemostasis, including the synthesis and function of coagulation factors, followed by a discussion of current testing methodologies and instruments. Factor assays, von Willebrand testing, and platelet aggregation will be simplified to highlight the laboratory’s contribution to managing the bleeding patient. The focus will then shift to the thrombotic patient and a systematic approach to cost-effective testing for genetic and acquired disorders. You’ll participate in case studies that will reinforce the information presented and demonstrate how expanding the in-house coagulation menu can lower laboratory spending and reduce a patient’s length of stay. Additional case studies will illustrate the unexplained interferences that increasingly are affecting coagulation testing. Following this workshop, you will be able to:

• Describe the coagulation pathways and testing protocols for PT, PTT, Fibrinogen, D-Dimer and Anti-Xa.
• Implement simple algorithms to help the clinician better manage the bleeding patient.
• Discuss thrombophilia and identify cost-effective tests for your laboratory.
• Explain how bringing special coagulation testing in house can reduce laboratory costs and
  patient length of stay.
• Identify recently occurring pre-analytic interferences.

34th Annual Meeting & Workshops - Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists

When: April 28 to May 2, 2012
Where: Westin Boston Waterfront

10:30 am - 12:00 pm Bleeding Hearts - Moderator: Gregory A. Nuttall, MD

Uncontrolled Bleeding after Cardiac Surgery: Risk factors and management strategies - Davy C.H. Cheng, MD

At the conclusion of the lecture, the participants will be able to discuss the:

Incidence and outcomes of massive bleeding post cardiac surgery
Predisposed risk factors of massive bleeding in cardiac surgery patients

Management strategies for bleeding patients post cardiac surgery.
Nature or Nuture: Genetics and perioperative bleeding - Simon C. Body, MD

At the conclusion of the lecture, the participants will be able to discuss the:

Genetic variants may impact coagulation function during and after surgery.
The relative impact of surgical and other non-genetic factors upon bleeding during and after surgery.
The likely small role genetic testing will play in prediction or management of surgical bleeding.

Novel Anticoagulants and the Cardiac Patient - C. David Mazer, MD

At the conclusion of the lecture, the participants will be able to discuss the:

New antiplatelet and anti-thrombotic agents which may be prescribed for cardiac patients
Optimal timing for discontinuation and restarting these drugs perioperatively
Prevention, reversal and treatment strategies for management of postoperative bleeding in patients exposed to these agents

The XXXIV World Congress of the International Society of Hematology (ISH)

When: April 25 to 28, 2012
Where: Cancun, Mexico

It will be a joint meeting with the LIII Congress of the Agrupación Mexicana para el Estudio de la Hematología A.C. (AMEH). The ISH was founded in 1946, whereas the AMEH was founded in 1959.

9th Intercept: 2012

When: April 12 to 14, 2012
Where: Hotel Michelangelo
Via Scarlatti, 33
20124 Milan (Italy)

The 9th INTERCEPT (INTERnational Course on Extracorporeal Perfusion Technologies) and Outcome Meeting  will take place in Milan, April 12th -14th, 2012. Following the recently updated format,  this Course maintains its identity of Perfusion-oriented meeting, but includes many other aspects related to the outcome of cardiac surgery patients. We have maintained the location downtown Milan, in the Congress Center of the Michelangelo Hotel, right in front of the Railway Station.

On day 1 we will start with the Opening Lecture  “Towards new concepts in outcome measurement” by Sam Nashef. The father of the EuroSCORE and the New EuroSCORE, dr. Nashef is the perfect lecturer for opening an Outcome Meeting. Than the focus will continue on transfusions and coagulation. Last year we were focused on thrombin generation; as a natural consequence, this year we will go a step forward, concentrating on all the factors that contribute to clot strength and stability after thrombin generation. Session I will address Clot Firmess, and Session 2 the puzzle of Bleeding and Bleeding definition.

The focus on coagulation will continue on day 2 with the Coagulation Clinic, where the experts of the Faculty will present clinical cases to be debated with the audience.

The North American Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology (NASPAG)

FWGBD to hold both a plenary session and workshop at The North American Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology (NASPAG) Annual Meeting

When: April 19, 2012
Where: Miami, Florida

NASPAG has invited FWGBD to conduct both a plenary and breakout session at their next annual meeting.

Plenary Session: April 19, 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
Acute Menorrhagia: A Potentially Life-Threatening Problem for Adolescents with Bleeding Disorders (Andra H. James, MD, MPH)

The objectives for this presentation are:

Identify risk factors for acute menorrhagia in adolescents
Describe the evaluation of an adolescent with acute menorrhagia
List the hormonal and hemostatic treatments used to manage and prevent acute menorrhagia in adolescents, especially those with bleeding disorders
Breakout Session: April 19, 10:45 AM - 12:15 PM
Contraception in Patients at Risk for Thrombosis(Andra H. James, MD, MPH)

This session will provide current information regarding thrombotic risk of available contraceptive agents in addition to outlining how to identify and manage patients at risk for thrombosis.

Note that the entire 26th NASPAG Annual Clinical Meeting will take place from April 19 -21, 2012. For more information, visit

Donna Castellone

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