LearnTransfusion Seminar

Topic teaching: The Fringes of Transfusion Medicine and Being Un-Transfusable


Event details

Presented by

Dr. Christine Cserti
Associate Medical Director - Blood Transfusion Laboratory
University Health Network, Toronto

Learning objectives

  1. Identify traditional to modern, and voluntary to involuntary, disqualifiers of transfusion.
  2. Describe the available and theoretical hacks for insufficient “DO2-crit.”
  3. Propose immunologic workarounds for monumental incompatibility states.


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Note: The session is a self-approved group learning activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification program of The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.





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The LearnTransfusion series is the seminar component of the Areas of Focused Competency (AFC)-Diploma Program in Transfusion Medicine. The series, organized by Canadian Blood Services, is also open to all practitioners in the field of Transfusion Medicine. Through a series of regular webinars, trainees and practitioners are exposed to various scientific, technical and clinical aspects of transfusion medicine.