Recent Updates

Modified on: 
Oct 7, 2020

This chapter focuses on the principles of safe blood transfusion practices. The aim of this chapter is to develop and support the knowledge of health-care professionals involved in prescribing and administering blood components and products.

Transfusion
Modified on: 
Oct 6, 2020

The Highly Sensitized Patient program was initiated in the Fall of 2013 and has become a cornerstone of Canadian Blood Services’ contribution to the organ donation and transplantation system in Canada. It provides access to deceased donors on a national scale for kidney transplant candidates who have significantly reduced access to compatible donors due to their immunological profile.

Organs and Tissues
Modified on: 
Oct 6, 2020

The Highly Sensitized Patient (HSP) Program was established by Canadian Blood Services in collaboration with provincial and territorial governments and organ donation and transplantation programs around the country to increase transplant opportunities for patients needing very specific matches from deceased kidney donors. Through the HSP Program, this group of patients now has access to a larger national donor pool, increasing the chance of a match.

Organs and Tissues
Modified on: 
Oct 5, 2020

Project Policies

The Canadian Transplant Registry (CTR) identifies transplant opportunities across Canada for heart transplant candidates who are highly sensitized to Human Lymphocyte Antigens (HLA) and/or designated as medically urgent (i.e., designated as medical status 4).

Although these policies have been approved they are not considered active until implemented through the CTR IPOS Heart Project.

Organs and Tissues
Modified on: 
Oct 5, 2020

Pre-transfusion testing ensures compatibility between the transfusion patient and the blood component(s) (red blood cells, platelets, plasma) intended for transfusion. This process includes accurate and thorough completion of the requisition, accurate patient identification, proper collection and labelling of the blood sample from the patient, laboratory testing to determine the patient’s blood group and to identify the presence of red blood cell alloantibodies, and compatibility testing. Pre-transfusion testing is complete when a compatible blood component is identified and labelled for transfusion to the intended patient. This chapter provides an overview of the pre-transfusion tests that are routinely performed.

Transfusion
Modified on: 
Sep 30, 2020

Decisions about blood safety need to take numerous factors into account, such as risks, benefits, costs, ethical issues, and stakeholder perspectives.

ABO has developed a unique framework to help blood service operators streamline the process and make responsible decisions that lead to the greatest good. Whether the blood safety decision to be made is small or large in scale, this framework can help to organize the process and to assure the quality of the information used to make the decision. 

Transfusion
Modified on: 
Sep 30, 2020

Author: Rachel Ward, JD, BCom
Online publication date: August 2019
Target audience: health-care professionals and academics conducting research projects involving human participants.

This article provides health-care professionals and researchers with an overview of the frameworks that help protect individuals’ privacy in the context of research, a topic that is particularly relevant in a time of big data, artificial intelligence and significant advances in technologies that are reliant on data inputs.

Transfusion
Modified on: 
Sep 29, 2020

A new monthly OTDT digest has been developed to share highlights from our collaborative work with the organ and tissue donation and transplantation community. Please send contributions, comments and suggestions to otdt@blood.ca  

 

Organs and Tissues
Modified on: 
Sep 29, 2020

Transfusion Camp is a 5-day education program aimed at increasing knowledge of transfusion medicine and best practices by providing high-quality training to post-graduate medical trainees in various specialties related to transfusion.

Led by transfusion experts at the University of Toronto, Transfusion Camp is delivered to trainees from more than 12 different specialty training programs at more than 10 universities in Canada and abroad.

Transfusion
Modified on: 
Sep 28, 2020

Increasing tissue donation in deaths occurring out of hospital

Welcome to the Canadian Blood Services continuing education registration page

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

To register, click here. Once registered, you will receive a link to the course portal.  

Organs and Tissues

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