Recent Updates

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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Feb 11, 2019

Author: Mindy Goldman, MD, FRCPC
Online publication date: March 2012, updated July 2018

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Feb 11, 2019

We are pleased to provide on a regular basis a Surveillance Report describing infectious disease surveillance that our stakeholders can consult to make evidence-based decisions.

High quality and timely surveillance is key to the safety of the blood supply. This includes monitoring of transmissible disease markers that the blood is tested for (including bacteria), investigation of any reports of possible transfusion transmission, as well as a horizon scan for any new pathogens that may pose a risk now or in the future.

Transfusion
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Feb 11, 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.  

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Modified on: 
Feb 11, 2019

Current recommendations of the NAC indicate that the provision of CMV-seronegative and leukoreduced blood products is potentially required only in the setting of intrauterine transfusion. In October 2017, Canadian Blood Services will stop the testing donor blood for anti-CMV antibodies except for a small inventory of blood components tested for the sole purpose of intrauterine transfusion.

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Modified on: 
Feb 11, 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. 

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Feb 11, 2019

Authors: Gwen Clarke, MD, FRCPC; Jacqueline Côté, MLT; and Debra Lane, MD, FRCPC
Publication date: August 2017, updated September 2018

Background

Anti-M is an antibody directed to an antigen of the MNS blood group system. The M antigen is located on the red blood cell surface glycoprotein known as glycophorin A.

Transfusion
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Feb 11, 2019

Canadian guidelines for the uniform labelling of blood and blood components using ISBT 128

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Feb 11, 2019

The short storage period for platelet units results in very challenging inventory management, and many platelet units are discarded.

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