Recent Updates

Published: 
May 31, 2017
Chapter 16

This chapter focuses on preoperative autologous donation (PAD). There are other types of autologous blood use (e.g. acute normovolemic hemodilution and intraoperative and postoperative blood salvage) which are not discussed in this chapter.

PAD refers to the donation of blood by a patient for his/her own future use; generally this is for a scheduled elective surgery. The top three procedures associated with a request for a PAD are total hip replacement, total knee replacement and hysterectomy.

In most cases, allogeneic blood transfusions are a safe and available option. Autologous and directed donations should be confined to circumstances of rare blood types or plasma protein deficiencies in which  allogeneic units may not meet patient needs. Rare blood types represent only a small number of autologous units collected each year.

Transfusion
Published: 
Aug 4, 2017
Chapter 15

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

Transfusion
Published: 
Aug 2, 2017
Chapter 13

While the practice of transfusion of blood products to neonatal and pediatric recipients has much in common with the transfusion of blood products to adults, there are several important differences and special circumstances. This chapter highlights the most common considerations that are unique to this group of patients.

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Upcoming Events

When
November 23, 2017 | 12:00PM to 1:00PM
Where

Toronto/Webinar

Speaker

Christine Cserti-Gazdewich, MD, FRCPC, FASCP
Transfusion Medicine Specialist & Consultant Hematologist, Laboratory Medicine Program, Division of Hematology                              University Health Network

Assistant Professor, Departments of Medicine & Laboratory Medicine/Pathobiology
University of Toronto

Transfusion
Organs and Tissues
Stem Cells
When
June 2, 2018 | 8:00AM to June 7, 2018 | 5:00PM
Where

Toronto

Check out the CSTM website and the ISBT website  for more information.

Transfusion
Stem Cells
When
December 9, 2017 | 8:00AM to December 12, 2017 | 6:00PM
Where

Atlanta, Georgia

Save the date for the world’s most comprehensive hematology event of the year, the 59th ASH Annual Meeting and Exposition, in vibrant, fresh, and creative Atlanta. The meeting will provide an invaluable educational experience and the opportunity to review thousands of scientific abstracts highlighting updates in the hottest topics in hematology.

Click here for more information. 

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Stem Cells

Blog

From left to right: Kimberly Young, Canadian Blood Services; Lori West, Canadian National Transplant Research Program; Ronnie Gavsie ,Trillium Gift of Life

Modified on: 
Nov 15, 2017

Canadian partners bring experts together for two-day Deceased Donation Symposium as part of CCCF

Modified on: 
Nov 9, 2017

The James Kreppner Award Program supports legal research relevant to Canadian Blood Services. This year’s award competition closes November 30.

O Positive Blood Collection

Modified on: 
Nov 2, 2017

Canadian Blood Services currently has a special need for O-negative donors. And we aren’t alone — many blood operators worldwide have recently increased their efforts to recruit O-negative blood donors.