Introduction to Antibody Identification


Several effective approaches to antibody identification in the routine blood bank exist. This presentation explains a conservative approach to antibody identification and several demonstrations of ruling out, choosing appropriate selected cells, and completing antibody workups are given.

Originally presented on December 15, 2015, in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Lecture Presenter

Justin R. Rhees, MS, MLS(ASCP)CM, SBBCM

Justin R. Rhees, MS, MLS(ASCP)CM, SBBCM

Assistant Professor, Medical Laboratory Sciences, Department of Pathology
University of Utah School of Medicine

Justin received his M.S. Degree in Laboratory Medicine and Biomedical Science at the University of Utah. He is a Specialist in Blood Bank Technology, board certified by the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP), and is an active member of AABB, the South Central Association of Blood Banks (SCABB), and the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS).


After this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • State the clinical utility of antibody identification.
  • Describe the principle and procedure of the antibody identification tests.
  • Explain heterozygosity and homozygosity as they apply to antibody identification.
  • List allelic pairs in the following blood group systems: Rh, Duffy, Kidd, MNSs.
  • Given patient test results, work through the antibody identification process.

Sponsored by:

University of Utah School of Medicine, Department of Pathology, and ARUP Laboratories