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ANZCP Autotransfusion Course


The Australasian Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion (ABCP) offers a 10 week online lecture-based course. Topics covered include:

  • Basic principles of Haematology
  • Coagulation
  • Principles of blood conservation / perioperative blood management
  • Principles of haemo-vigilance
  • Blood collection / cell salvage
  • Different autotransfusion and cell salvage devices and how they work
  • Autologous Platelet therapy

Our course is available to anyone who would like to learn about the principles of autotransfusion and is especially recommended for staff operating cell savage devices in the clinical setting. The principles of patient selection, contraindications, surgical requirements and troubleshooting are described in the course with the objective of providing a comprehensive education in safe and effective autotransfusion techniques.

Perioperative Blood Management and National Blood Authority strongly recommend training for all operating room staff involved in autotransfusion.  Patient Blood Management Guidelines: Module 2 - Perioperative. 2012.

The course provides comprehensive autotransfusion theory. There are no practical activities as part of the remotely run course. Practical is almost always carried out by the team in their hospital. The course is run over 10 weeks and at the conclusion of the course there is a short answer and MCQ exam.

Past students have included anaesthetists, perfusionists, anaesthetic nurses/technicians, perioperative nurses, theatre technicians, nurse educators and other medical professionals. We welcome enquiries from anyone wanting to expand their autotransfusion knowledge.

Please contact Jessica Cantrick or Casey Edwards for more course information such as term dates and registration details. ( (read more)

Course program

Week 1: Blood Basics
Week 2: Basic Coagulation
Week 3: Donor Blood Components & Products
Week 4: Principles of Blood Conservation
Week 5: Principles of Hemovigilance
Week 6: Cell Salvage Systems
Week 7: Blood Collection
Week 8: Function of Blood Processing Equipment
Week 9: Autologous Platelet Therapy
Week 10: Autologous Platelet Separation Techniques
Final Examination

Course Registration
Additional Information
Student registration form

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ANZCP 2019 Autotransfusion Course Flyer

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ANZCP 2020 Autotransfusion Course Flyer

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National Blood Authority - Guidance For The Provision Of Intraoperative Cell Salvage

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Cell-Saving Data

Surgical Procedures where Intraoperative Cell Salvage may be beneficial
Data on average auto-transfused units per case from Brisbane

Autotransfusion Registry

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