Unsolved immunohematology cases are often referred to the National Reference Laboratory for Blood Group Serology for resolution. These complex cases frequently require the use of various immunohematology techniques. Equally important is the intense evaluation by experienced technologists of the critical test results and the availability of many methods, such as rare reagent red cells and serum, and molecular testing. In this webinar, Sandra Nance will walk us through complex immunohematology antibody problems and share with us how a National Reference Laboratory deals with these mystery cases.
Sandra Nance, MS, MT(MASCP)SBB,
Senior Director, National Laboratories, Biomedical Services at the American Red Cross and Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Pennsylvania.
Sandra Nance, MS, MT(MASCP)SBB, is the Senior Director of the National Laboratories, Biomedical Services at the American Red Cross Blood Services and the Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Division of Transfusion Medicine and Therapeutic Pathology at the University of Pennsylvania. She has directed the American Rare Donor Program since 1998. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in 1975 and earned a certificate of Medical Technologist from the American Society for Clinical Pathology the same year. Thereafter, she obtained the Specialist in Blood Banking certification from Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions with certification by the American Society for Clinical Pathology in 1979 and a master’s degree in pathology from the University of Maryland in 1982. She performed research in Dr. George Garratty’s research laboratory for 10 years, and thereafter led the regional, national, and system wide Immunohematology Reference Laboratories of the American Red Cross. Over the years, she has been active in various leading and teaching positions at the American Red Cross as well as at different blood banks, hospitals, and universities. She has authored over 50 publications and given more than 100 lectures at regional, national, and international conferences. She has been involved in several professional organizations such as the AABB and ISBT and she has received several awards and honors including the AABB Presidential and Sally Frank Awards in 2019 and the ASCP Mastership Award in 2020.