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In this module we will be looking at autologous (sometimes referred to as an auto transplant or an autograft) Haematopoietic Stem Cell Transplants (HSCT), what they are and the procedure they follow.  The terminology used in HSCT is very specific to this field and the procedure is often adapted depending on the patient’s needs and disease status.  Treatments and tests used can be very complex and seem unclear if you are new to this field.  The focus of this module is to use all the correct, commonly seen terminology and take you through the autologous transplant procedure step by step.  Once the module has been completed the reader should have a good basic knowledge of what an autologous HSCT is and be able to recognise key phases and conditions. 

In essence this module aims to familiarise and assist the reader with:-

  • What an autologous HSCT is and the process it follows
  • Identifying the different performance scales used to assess patients
  • Familiarity with transplant terminology
  • The different ways of harvesting stem cells
  • Treatment for side effects and common transplant complications

The information gained from all of these things combined should assist in making the process of completing MedA and MedB forms and data entry a little easier. As you will be aware these forms are in the process of being changed to become more compatible with the new EBMT Registry database. However, this module should still help with identifying and gathering information needed to complete the new forms.

The BSBMTCT Induction Manual is a flexible e-learning platform which allows you to study at your own pace.  There is a short quiz at the end of this module to help you reflect upon any knowledge you have acquired.  Upon completion of the module and quiz a printable certificate will be issued, which you can also store within your user profile.

Interspersed throughout the module are links to articles and media, which you may find of further interest.  These mixed media inclusions have been added as a further resource on the topics covered within this module and offer a more in depth look at them.


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