Recent Updates

Aug 2, 2017
Chapter 13

While the practice of transfusion of blood products to neonatal and pediatric recipients has much in common with the transfusion of blood products to adults, there are several important differences and special circumstances. This chapter highlights the most common considerations that are unique to this group of patients.

Aug 4, 2017
Chapter 15

Modified or specialty blood components may be useful in specific clinical settings to reduce the risk of transfusion-related harm. Specialty blood products available to physicians include CMV-seronegative, irradiated, and washed red blood cells or platelets. This chapter describes the preparation of these blood components and the clinical setting in which they are of greatest benefit.

Sep 8, 2017
Chapter 2

This chapter describes the manufacturing process for the most commonly prepared blood products: Red Blood Cells, Pooled Platelets, Frozen Plasma (FP), Apheresis Fresh Frozen Plasma (AFFP), Cryosupernatant Plasma (CSP) and Cryoprecipitate. A brief description of the indications, contraindications, storage and transportation requirements, dose, administration and available alternatives is included in the sections below. Further information may be found in other chapters of this Guide as indicated within the different sections.


Upcoming Events

March 22, 2018 | 12:00PM to 1:00PM



Steven M. Frank, MD
Professor, Anesthesiology, Johns Hopkins University

Director, Johns Hopkins Health System Blood Management Program

Director, Centre for Bloodless Medicine and Surgery

April 11, 2018 | 9:00AM to 4:00PM


For more information download poster and pamphlet.

Attend this ½ day symposium (repeated twice during the day) to learn about:

  • Anemia in the Bariatric Patient
  • Anemia in the Pediatric Population
  • Anemia and Heavy Menstrual Bleeding (HMB)
  • Rapid Referral Anemia Clinics
June 2, 2018 | 8:00AM to June 7, 2018 | 5:00PM


Check out the CSTM website and the ISBT website  for more information.

Stem Cells


CWC videos screencap

Modified on: 
Mar 21, 2018

Choosing Wisely Canada transfusion recommendations brought to "life" in video form by Dr. Clinton Campbell and his creative team

Dr. Devine, Curiosity on Stage

Modified on: 
Mar 14, 2018

Our own Chief Scientist, Dr. Dana Devine was recently on “display” at Canada’s national science museum

Dr. Alan Lazarus meets a bog

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Mar 8, 2018

For this installment of “Meet the Researcher” we caught up with Dr. Alan Lazarus a research scientist and immunologist at Canadian Blood Services’ Centre for Innovation.

How long have you been at Canadian Blood Services?

I've been working with the blood service in Canada since 1994.