LearnTransfusion Series

Topic Teaching: The Ontario Transfusion Quality Improvement Plan 2016-2020

November 3, 2020 | 12:00PM to 1:00PM (EDT)


Presented by:

Allison Collins, MD, FRCPC
Clinical Project Coordinator
Transfusion Medicine Physician
Ontario Regional Blood Coordinating Network (ORBCoN)


1.    Describe the rationale for developing a quality improvement plan for transfusion.
2.    List the key components of the Ontario Transfusion Quality Improvement Plan.
3.    Discuss the challenges in implementing a transfusion quality improvement plan.


1.    The Ontario Transfusion Quality Improvement Plan www.transfusionontario.org.
2.    Carson JL, Stanworth SJ, Alexander JH, et al. Clinical trials evaluating red blood cell transfusion thresholds: An updated systematic review and with additional focus on patients with cardiovascular disease. American Heart Journal 2018; 200: 96-101.
3.    Carson JL, Guyatt G, Heddle NM, et al. Clinical Practice Guidelines from the AABB: Red Blood Cell Transfusion Thresholds and Storage. JAMA 2016; 316(19): 2025-35.
4.    Choosing Wisely Canada www.choosingwiselycanada.org.
5.    Qiang JK, Thompson T, Callum J et al. Variations in RBC and frozen plasma utilization rates across 62 Ontario community hospitals. Transfusion 2019;59:545-554.
6.    Spradbrow J, Cohen R, Lin Y et al. Evaluating appropriate red blood cell transfusions: a quality audit at 10 Ontario hospitals to determine the optimal measure for assessing appropriateness. Transfusion 2016;56:2466-2476.
7.    Using Blood Wisely Campaign https://usingbloodwisely.ca.
8.    Minuk l, Callum C, Tinmouth AT et al. Identifying Patterns of Inappropriate Plasma Transfusion Practices Using a Novel Multicenter Electronic Data Audit: Over 80 Percent of Plasma Transfused is Inappropriate. Blood 2019;134 (Suppl1):3695.


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.