Recent Updates

Modified on: 
Jul 3, 2020

This repository aims to support Canadian transfusion medicine health care professionals during the COVID-19 pandemic. It will be updated regularly as new information is available. In addition, the public and donors can learn more about how Canadian Blood Services is responding to COVID-19 by visiting blood.ca/covid-19.

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Modified on: 
Jun 9, 2020

Key points

  • Fetal and neonatal alloimmune thrombocytopenia (FNAIT) is an immune-mediated cause of thrombocytopenia in neonates due to maternal anti-human platelet antigen (HPA) antibodies, most commonly anti-HPA-1a.
  • Intracranial hemorrhage (ICH) is a serious complication of FNAIT and is estimated to affect 1 in 10,000 live births.
  • Diagnostic testing for FNAIT includes three main steps:
    • Maternal anti-HPA antibody screening and identification
    • HPA genotyping of mother, father and/or neonate
    • Confirmation of antibody specificity and reactivity with the monoclonal antibody immobilization of platelet antigens (MAIPA) assay
  • HPA-matched platelets should be given to a neonate with FNAIT if immediately available, otherwise unmatched units (random pooled platelets) should be provided until matched platelets can be obtained.
Transfusion
Modified on: 
Dec 20, 2019

The BloodTechNet program was launched in 2011 to facilitate the development of innovative educational resources that support the Transfusion, Cellular Therapy and Transplantation communities in Canada.

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Organs and Tissues
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Upcoming Events

When
July 8, 2020 | 9:00AM to 10:00AM
Where

Webinar

Presenter:

Tom Williams

Objectives:

TBD

 


What is the ISBT webinar series?
The International Society of Blood Transfusion (ISBT) webinars are online lectures on a wide range of transfusion medicine-related topics presented by experts. The webinars are hosted monthly and are accessible for ISBT members. After attending a webinar you can receive a certificate of attendance upon request. 

Transfusion
When
July 15, 2020 | 9:00AM to 10:30AM
Where

Webinar

Presented by:

Arwa Al-Riyami
Silvano Wendel
Evan Bloch

 

To register, click here.

 

Transfusion
When
July 15, 2020 | 2:00PM to 3:00PM
Where

Webinar

Educational Track: Technical/Clinical
Topic: Transfusion Medicine
Intended Audience: Donor Recruitment Staff, Hospital Blood Banks, Immunohematology Reference Labs (IRL’s), Laboratory Staff, Managers/Supervisors, Medical Directors, Physicians, Residents/Fellows, Students (MD, MT, SBB), Technologists, Transfusion Safety Officers
Teaching Level: Intermediate

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Blog

Modified on: 
Jun 24, 2020

Did you know that there’s a wealth of information available on the Canadian Blood Services’ Professional Education website to help transfusion medicine health-care professionals as they navigate the COVID-19 pandemic?

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Modified on: 
Jun 18, 2020

The 2020 competitions for two of the Centre for Innovation’s most important and impactful research and training funding programs are now open. The Blood Efficiency Accelerator Program supports projects that improve the use of blood products. The Postdoctoral Fellowship Program offers salary support for young investigators undertaking full-time research training in a Canadian research laboratory affiliated with Canadian Blood Services.

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Modified on: 
May 25, 2020

The Ortho Award is presented each year at the Canadian Society for Transfusion Medicine annual meeting to honour an individual member who has provided a major service or innovation in transfusion medicine. Congratulations to Canadian Blood Services scientist Dr. Alan Lazarus who is the 2020 recipient.

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