LearnTransfusion Series

Topic Teaching: One in a Million - Case studies in providing rare phenotype units for patients in Canada

March 17, 2020 | 12:00PM to 1:00PM (EDT)


Presented by:

Dr. Gwen Clarke
Associate Medical Director
Donor and Clinical Services
Canadian Blood Services


1.     Understand the process for identifying and providing rare phenotype units at Canadian Blood Services.
2.     Learn how to initiate an inquiry or order for rare blood from the hospital.
3.     Consider ways that hospitals, hematologists and transfusion physicians can contribute to recruitment of rare donors.


1.     Immunohematology  Volume 32 (1) 2016  (available from the website of the American Red Cross)      https://www.redcrossblood.org/content/dam/redcrossblood/missing-documents/3407_Immuno_32_1_07.pdf
2.     Clinical significance of antibodies to antigens in the ABO, MNS, P1PK, Rh, Lutheran, Kell, Lewis, Duffy, Kidd, Diego, Yt, and Xg blood group systems.  Thornton NM, Grimsley SP.  Immunohematology. 2019 Sep;35(3):95-101. Review.  PMID:  31621367
3.     https://nhsbtdbe.blob.core.windows.net/umbraco-assets-corp/14863/spn2144-the-clinical-significance-of-blood-group-alloantibodies-and-the-supply-of-blood-for-transfusion.pdf
4.     https://transfusion.com.au/blood_basics/blood_groups/red_cell_compatibility_calculator



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.

To register for the LearnTransfusion series, send an email to learn.transfusion@blood.ca with  “Weekly Transfusion Medicine Seminars” in the subject line. Include your name and complete e-mail address in the body of the e-mail, and confirm that you would like to register for the LearnTransfusion series. You will then receive weekly email notifications of upcoming series events with details on how to join the webinars (e.g., call-in number and a link to register for the webinar).

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.