Recent Updates

Modified on: 
Mar 22, 2017

Transfusion-related acute lung injury (TRALI) is a rare but serious syndrome characterized by sudden acute respiratory distress following transfusion. It is defined as new, acute lung injury (ALI) during or within six hours after blood product administration in the absence of temporally-associated risk factors for ALI. 

Transfusion
Modified on: 
Feb 6, 2017

With great pleasure we present the new online edition of the Canadian Blood Services’ Clinical Guide to Transfusion. This Guide is an educational resource for health care workers on the provision of blood products and transfusion medicine services in Canada.

Transfusion
Published: 
Mar 27, 2017
Chapter 10

A. Reporting

Attention: All transfusion reactions (mild to life-threatening) and transfusion-related errors must be reported to the hospital’s transfusion service (blood bank).

Transfusion

Upcoming Events

When
October 7, 2017 | 8:00AM to October 10, 2017 | 6:00PM
Where

San Diego, California

The AABB Annual Meeting is the premiere event for healthcare professionals in the fields of transfusion medicine and cellular therapies.

Click here for more information.

Transfusion
Stem Cells
When
March 28, 2017 | 12:00PM to 1:00PM
Where

Toronto/Webinar

Speaker:

David Allan, MD FRCPC
Scientist, Regenerative Medicine Program
Ottawa Hospital Research Institute
Medical Director, Cord Blood Bank & OneMatch
Canadian Blood Services

Note: The session is a self-approved group learning activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification program of The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

Transfusion
When
April 5, 2017 | 8:00AM to April 8, 2017 | 5:00PM
Where

San Diego, California

The 2017 preliminary program has everything you need to know about the ISHLT annual meeting and scientific sessions. The brochure is packed with information on meeting registration, hotel reservations, CME, program highlights, schedule at-a-glance, timetables, Academies and Annual Meeting invited program content, as well as plenty of enticing photos and descriptions of what San Diego has to offer.

Organs and Tissues

Blog

Dr. Thomas led efforts in Nepal following an earthquake that devastated their blood program.

Modified on: 
Mar 22, 2017

As a member of the Alliance of Blood Operators, Canadian Blood Services is fortunate to engage with dedicated and forward-facing colleagues from around the world. This spotlight interview was published in our internal newsletter and we have graciously been given permission to repost on this blog. 

calculating change

Modified on: 
Mar 16, 2017

When a significant change to donor eligibility occurs, like the recent eligibility changes related to hemoglobin levels and iron health, we need to understand in advance the impact it could have on blood collections.

Our in-house engineer, John Blake, did some nifty number crunching and estimated that the change would mean about 35,000 fewer donations collected in a year — hence the push for new donors to step forward to help fill the gap. 

opportunity

Modified on: 
Mar 8, 2017

Through this program, partner organizations provide fellowship opportunities for PhD graduates – learning opportunities that can accelerate their professional growth and advance career readiness. Canadian Blood Services is pleased to participate in this program.