Programme Outline

Morning Arrival in Durban
11h00-16h00 Registration open at Southern Sun Elangeni Conference Centre
12h30-13h30 Lunch
13h30-15h00 Workshop 1: Building resilience and strategies to prevent burn-out (Hemari Bonthuys) Workshop 2: Communicating with Impact (Brett Anderson-Terry) Workshop 3: The future of digital marketing (Jade Wyngaardt)
15h00-15h30 Tea break    
15h30-17h00 Workshop 1 (repeat): Building resilience and strategies to prevent burn-out (Hemari Bonthuys) Workshop 2 (repeat): Communicating with Impact (Brett Anderson-Terry) Workshop 3 (repeat): The future of digital marketing (Jade Wyngaardt)
17h00-19h00 Registration open at Durban ICC
17h45-18h00 Buses depart for Durban ICC
18h00-21h00 Official Opening of Exhibition & Welcome Reception
(Exhibition Halls 2, Durban ICC)
08h00-17h00 Registration open
08h30-08h45 Buses depart for Durban ICC from SS Elangeni & GC Marine Parade Hotel
09h00-10h30 OPENING PLENARY SESSION (Hall 1)
(Chairs: TBC)
09h00-09h10 Introduction & welcome
(Marion Vermeulen, President SASBT & Wendy Sykes, Chair:  Organising Committee)
09h10-09h20 Scientific Program and safety protocols
(Greg Bellairs)
09h20-09h55 The New Normal: what did we learn from the COVID-19 pandemic and what changes should blood services internationally adapt to and adopt for a sustainable future?
(Graham Sher)
09h55-10h30 Status, progress, and challenges for blood transfusion safety in Sub-Saharan Africa
(Claude Tagny)
10h30-11h00 Tea break
11h00-12h30 PLENARY 2 (Hall 1)
(Chairs:  TBC)
11h00-11h30 Fecal Microbiota Transplantation – a status update from Europe’s largest FMT center
(Christian Erikstrup)
11h30-12h00 Implementation of a PBM program at Groote Schuur Hospital
(Vernon Louw)
12h00-12h30 PROTECT Trial – using the blood services as a platform for clinical research
(Karin van den Berg / Marion Vermeulen)
12h30-14h00 Lunch Break (Exhibition Hall 2)
14h00-15h30 TRACK 1 – COVID-19
(Chairs:  TBC)
TRACK 2 – Haemovigilance
(Chairs:  TBC)
TRACK 3 – Stem cells
(Chairs:  TBC)
14h00-14h15 Blood donors and COVID-19 surveillance
(Christian Erikstrup)
(Abstract 94) The prevalence of Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus in blood product hampers at the South African National Blood Service (Varsha Seoraj) Allogeneic platelet lysates for regenerative medicine (Thierry Burnouf)
14h15-14h30 (Abstract 54) Brachial artery pseudoaneurysm, a rare complication of blood donation, at the Western Cape Blood Service (WCBS), South Africa. (Shaldine Sutton)
14h30-14h45 (Abstract 6) Self-reported covid-like symptoms in blood donors in January 2021 (Ronel Swanevelder) (Abstract 38) An analysis of donor adverse reactions following the alignment of SANBS policies to the AABB”s Severity Grading Tool of Blood Donor Adverse Events. (Antoinette Porter) (Abstract 84) Granulocyte transfusions successful in improving neutrophil counts in patients with severe neutropenia (Tanya Glatt)
14h45-15h00 (Abstract 20) SARS-CoV-2 Seroprevalence Study Among Staff at Western Cape Blood Service (WCBS) (Nadia Pietersen) (Abstract 9) The Effect of Reduced Deferral Periods on the Donor Deferral Rate at the Western Cape Blood Service, South Africa (Caroline Hilton) SANBS-produced human platelet lysate supports the proliferation of haematopoietic stem cells (Riana Cockeran)
15h00-15h15 (Abstract 58) Seroprevalence of SARS-CoV-2 antibodies among blood donors in all provinces of South Africa during different time points in 2021 (Charl Coleman) (Abstract 66) Clinicians awareness of the South African Blood Service (SANBS) Haemovigilance program, an empirical evidence based on survey conducted in 2020. (Francis Ledwaba) (Abstract 48) Collection efficiency of CD34 haematopoietic progenitor stem cells in clinical apheresis collections. (Thabo Gcayiya)
15h15-15h30 Measuring COVID-19 vaccine effectiveness in blood donors (Eduard Grebe) (Abstract 68) The South African Lookback Programme – Do South African doctors appreciate the importance of this surveillance (Natasha von Meyer) (Abstract 55) An analyses of racial distribution amongst unrelated potential Stem Cell Transplant (SCT) patients and factors that plays a role in finding a matched donor.  A 3-year retrospective study. (Zahier Isaacs)
15h30-16h00 Tea break (Exhibition Hall 2)
16h00-17h30 TRACK 1 – Information Technology
(Chairs:  TBC)
TRACK 2 – Quality Management Systems
(Chairs:  TBC)
TRACK 3 – Donor management
(Chairs:  TBC)
16h00-16h15 Harnessing the disruptions: exploring relevant technological and digital innovations that offer meaningful opportunities for blood service sustainability (Graham Sher) (Abstract 41) Quality Control Testing on Leukodepleted Blood products. (Hellen Sarela) (Abstract 29) Adjusting high school blood drive scheduling to increase collections and improve customer service in the Eastern Cape Zone of SANBS. (Derryn Fuller)
16h15-16h30 (Abstract 56) ISO 15189 Implementation in the South African National Blood Service (Feroza Tree) (Abstract 15) Retrospective evaluation of blood collection on Limpopo branch of the South African National Blood Service. (Bookie Dube)
16h30-16h45 (Abstract 36) Remote Working in the Face of the Pandemic (Nico van der Walt) (Abstract 46) Establishment of a stable microbiology proficiency testing matrix in transfusion microbiology (Xoliswa Mpumlwana) (Abstract 77) Offering free transport to blood donors as a recruitment tool during COVID pendemic (Zita Tobin)
16h45-17h00 (Abstract 47) Structure and data driving continuous improvement in IT service delivery (Jacques Breslow) (Abstract 30) An analysis of donor collection labelling errors following a Quality Improvement Project (Antoinette Porter) (Abstract 67) Predicting deferral due to low haemoglobin – the Sanguinstats Collaboration (Tinus Brits)
17h00-17h15 (Abstract 95) Business Intelligence drive to enable data driven decision making for the effective implementation of the Covid-19 Workplace plan and risk management. (Mandy Jamieson) (Abstract 90) Haematological reference ranges in blood donors served by the National Blood Service Zimbabwe (NBSZ), Harare branch (Menard Mutenherwa) (Abstract 13) The Impact of COVID-19 on the Western Cape Blood Service Donor Base (Michelle Vermeulen)
17h15-17h30   (Abstract 25) Implementation of a risk-based quality notification system reduced the number of notification-associated disciplinary actions (Leesha Raman)  
17h15-17h45 Buses return to hotels (SS Elangeni & GC Marine Parade Hotel)
18h45-19h15 Buses depart hotels for Durban ICC
19h00-23h00 Casual Dinner & Singing Competition (Hall 1, Durban ICC)
Theme:  Oktoberfest!
22h30-23h00 Buses return to hotels (staggered departure)

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