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Modified on: 
Jan 17, 2019

This first chapter of the Clinical Guide to Transfusion provides an overview of the blood system in Canada, the regulations and standards that are in place and the organizations and professionals that, together, ensure transfusion medicine safety for Canadian patients. 

Transfusion
Modified on: 
Jan 17, 2019

“Paying it Forward: Why we need YOU to give blood" is an article by Dr. Jeannie Callum, a hospital-based transfusion specialist. Here she shares her real-life experience witnessing the impact of blood donation on patient lives. She provides some fascinating insight into blood transfusion, past and present, and emphasizes the need for male donors and why some donors may be safer for patients. This article is also being published in six parts on RED, our Research, Education and Discovery blog.  

Transfusion
Modified on: 
Jan 17, 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.

Transfusion
Modified on: 
Jan 17, 2019

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: 
Jan 16, 2019

Increasing tissue donation in deaths occurring out of hospital

Welcome to the Canadian Blood Services continuing education registration page

Our OnPoint education portal now offers the following course: Increasing Tissue Donation in Deaths Occurring Out of Hospital

Organs and Tissues
Modified on: 
Jan 16, 2019

A very small percentage of red blood cell units are manufactured from blood donors with red cell antibodies. These donors may have antibodies directed against common non-ABO antigens detected during routine screening or may represent a rare blood donor with the corresponding antibody. 

Transfusion
Modified on: 
Jan 16, 2019

Full report and recommendations (May 2012)

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Published in the Intensive Care Medicine Journal
Background Document: Literature Review

Organs and Tissues
Modified on: 
Jan 11, 2019

Report and Recommendations (August 2014)

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Effective Requesting: A Scoping Review of the Literature on Asking Families to Consent to Organ and Tissue Donation 

J. A. Chandler, M. Connors, G. Holland, and S. D. Shemie

open access link

Organs and Tissues
Modified on: 
Jan 11, 2019

Abnormal bleeding may result from defects in platelets, coagulation factors and/or blood vessels. Screening tests for coagulation factor abnormalities include the activated Partial Thromboplastin Time (aPTT) and Prothrombin Time (PT) / International Normalized Ratio (INR). Thrombocytopenia is the most common platelet defect. Qualitative platelet defects may also occur and, in some cases, may be associated with thrombocytopenia. In patients with platelet defects, bleeding time and/or closure times using the platelet function analyzer (PFA-100/200TM) may be prolonged. Vascular defects may be accompanied by joint hyperflexibility or skin laxity. Effective treatment of hemostatic disorders requires accurate diagnosis and special coagulation testing that may include coagulation factor assays, inhibitor assays, and platelet function tests. An algorithmic approach to diagnosis is beyond the scope of this review.

Transfusion
Modified on: 
Jan 9, 2019

Molecular immunohematology refers to the detection of the molecular genetic basis of an antigen, rather than the antigen alone.  Use of molecular testing in clinical laboratories requires knowledge of the molecular basis of blood group antigens and the availability of suitable genotyping methods that can be used in our testing environment.

Transfusion

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