Recent Updates

Modified on: 
May 3, 2021

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: 
Apr 27, 2021

Forum Report and Recommendations

Advancing Living Donation Forum: Helping Kidney Transplant Candidates Identify Living DonorsAdvancing Living Donation 2020 Forum Report Cover Page

Organs and Tissues
Modified on: 
Apr 22, 2021

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

Transfusion
Modified on: 
Apr 19, 2021

Whole blood donations are separated into specific cellular (red blood cells and platelets) and plasma components. Transfusing the appropriate blood component to effectively provide for the clinical needs of patients optimizes use of donated blood.

This chapter describes the manufacturing process for the most commonly prepared blood components:

  • Red blood cells (RBC)
  • Platelets: pooled and apheresis
  • Frozen plasma (FP)
  • Apheresis fresh frozen plasma (AFFP)
  • Cryosupernatant plasma (CSP)
  • Cryoprecipitate
Transfusion
Modified on: 
Apr 14, 2021

A. Reporting

Attention: All transfusion reactions (mild to life-threatening) and transfusion-related errors must be reported to the hospital’s transfusion service (blood bank).

What:

Transfusion
Modified on: 
Apr 9, 2021

Surveillance of National Organ Transplant Recipients Affected by COVID-19 (SNO-TRAC)

Organs and Tissues
Modified on: 
Apr 6, 2021

For the last decade the increasingly long waiting lists for cornea transplantation have consistently gained media and government attention. Wait times are often measured in years as opposed to months, meaning the rates of access to cornea transplantation in Canada are on par with, or lower than, the rates seen in some developing countries. Yet, despite all the attention the number of corneas transplanted in Canada has remained unchanged for the last six years and no focused and coordinated efforts have been expended to improve this system.

Organs and Tissues
Modified on: 
Apr 1, 2021
DePPaRT study: insights and implications
March 30, 2021
Dr. Sonny Dhanani
Chief of the Pediatric intensive care unit, Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO)

Organs and Tissues
Modified on: 
Mar 31, 2021

This report provides an overview of the Kidney Paired Donation Program: Living Donation Network Meeting that took place on March 6, 2020 in Toronto, ON. Organized by Canadian Blood Services, the meeting brought together more than 60 living donor and recipient coordinators, program managers and quality assurance professionals from across Canada. This meeting was designed to facilitate:

Organs and Tissues

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