Recent Updates

Modified on: 
Feb 14, 2019

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. All plasma-containing blood products have been implicated in TRALI, including rare reports with IVIg and cryoprecipitate.

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Published: 
Aug 10, 2018
Chapter 4

Immune globulin (Ig) products are generated from plasma collected from a large number of carefully screened donors. Ig products may be used as replacement therapy for immunodeficiency patients or as immunomodulatory therapy for autoimmune and alloimmune disorders. Ig products include intravenous Ig (IVIg), subcutaneous Ig (SCIg), RhD Ig (RhIg) and hyperimmune globulins.

Transfusion
Modified on: 
Feb 11, 2019

In August 2017, Canadian Blood Services changed its platelet product testing procedure to improve the detection of bacterial contamination. This change enhanced the safety of Canadian Blood Services platelet products and provided the opportunity to improve inventory management by extending the platelet shelf life from five to seven days.

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Upcoming Events

When
February 28, 2019 | 12:00PM to 1:00PM
Where

Toronto/Webinar

Presented by:

Jacob Pendergrast, MD, FRCPC
Assistant Professor, University of Toronto
University Health Network Blood Transfusion Service

Learning Objectives:

1.  To discuss the current health status of Canadian rural and Indigenous populations.
2.  To review the history of health care provision to these populations.
3.  To explore the challenges and opportunities for provision of safe transfusion support to these areas.

 

Transfusion
When
March 12, 2019 | 12:00PM to 1:00PM
Where

Toronto/Webinar

Speaker:

Valerie Arsenault

 

More details to follow.

 

Transfusion
When
March 19, 2019 | 12:00PM to 1:00PM
Where

Toronto/Webinar

Speaker:

Dr. Gwen Clarke, MD, FRCPC
Associate Medical Director, Clinical Services, Canadian Blood Services
Medical Officer, Diagnostic Service, British Columbia and Yukon Centre, Canadian Blood Services
Clinical Professor, University of Alberta, Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry

 

More details to follow.

 

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Blog

Modified on: 
Feb 13, 2019

As part of a larger ongoing effort to develop non-invasive technologies to monitor blood products during storage, researchers have developed a new technique to assess the quality of blood without breaching the sterility of blood bags.

Modified on: 
Feb 7, 2019

This week, we highlight work from one of our partners, the Centre for Blood Research. Wayne Zhao describes a review by Dr. Ed Conway, Centre for Blood Research director and adjunct scientist at the Centre for Innovation. This review describes the many roles of thrombomodulin, a protein involved in blood coagulation.

Modified on: 
Jan 23, 2019

In this study, Dr. William Sheffield and Craig Jenkins from the Centre for Innovation tested levels and activities of important plasma factors for coagulation in recovered plasma. They found that the way in which plasma is manufactured from whole blood impacts the composition of recovered plasma.