Transfusion medicine

Recent Updates

Modified on: 
May 12, 2020

This repository aims to support Canadian transfusion medicine health care professionals during the COVID-19 pandemic. It will be updated regularly as new information is available. In addition, the public and donors can learn more about how Canadian Blood Services is responding to COVID-19 by visiting blood.ca/covid-19.

Transfusion
Modified on: 
Apr 30, 2020
  • Alloimmunization is common in patients with sickle cell disease and may complicate transfusion therapy.
  • Patient phenotyping and prophylactic matching to reduce alloimmunization is recommended.
  • Transfusion requirements and the presence or absence of red cell antibodies influence recommendations on the extent of phenotyping for patients with sickle cell disease.
  • Limited evidence exists on the impact of the storage age of blood in this population, but provision of fresh units imposes significant challenges and may compromise availability of optimally phenotype-matched units.
Transfusion
Published: 
Aug 8, 2019
Chapter 6

All blood transfused in Canada is collected from volunteer donors. To ensure the safety of the blood products, donors are carefully screened against an extended list of eligibility criteria. In addition, the donated blood is tested to identify the donor’s blood group and to detect blood group antibodies and transfusion-transmissible pathogens. Donor eligibility criteria and testing also benefit the donors by, for example, reducing potential blood donation-related health risks.

Transfusion

Upcoming Events

When
May 29, 2020 | 12:00PM to 1:30PM
Where

Webinar

Presented by:

Dr. Jacob Pendergrast, BA, BSc (Med), MD
Associate Medical Director, 
Blood Transfusion Service
University Health Network

Dr. Donald Branch, BSc, MT(ASCP)SBB, PhD
Research Scientist
Centre for Innovation
Canadian Blood Services

Objectives:

1.    Deepen our understanding of the incidence and risk-factors for IVIG-associated hemolysis.
2.    Explore new advances in the prevention and minimization of IVIG-associated hemolysis.

Transfusion
When
May 30, 2020 | 8:00AM to June 2, 2020 | 4:00PM
Where

Barcelona, Spain

For information, please click here.

Transfusion
When
June 3, 2020 | 10:00AM to 11:00AM
Where

Webinar

Presenter:

Mark Yazer

Objective:

TBD

 


What is the ISBT webinar series?
The International Society of Blood Transfusion (ISBT) webinars are online lectures on a wide range of transfusion medicine-related topics presented by experts. The webinars are hosted monthly and are accessible for ISBT members. After attending a webinar you can receive a certificate of attendance upon request. 

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Blog

Modified on: 
May 25, 2020

The Ortho Award is presented each year at the Canadian Society for Transfusion Medicine annual meeting to honour an individual member who has provided a major service or innovation in transfusion medicine. Congratulations to Canadian Blood Services scientist Dr. Alan Lazarus who is the 2020 recipient.

Transfusion

Modified on: 
Apr 29, 2020

Congratulations to the recipients of funding recently awarded through the Centre for Innovation’s Blood Efficiency Accelerator Program (or BEAP). This funding supports innovators conducting research to improve the efficient and appropriate utilization of blood and blood products while maintaining the safety of the blood system.

Stem Cells
Transfusion

Modified on: 
Apr 1, 2020

Congratulations to the recipients of funding recently awarded through the Centre for Innovation’s BloodTechNet Award Program and Graduate Fellowship Program. This funding supports innovators in education and graduate students conducting research in the field of transfusion science.

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