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Published: 
Oct 6, 2020
Chapter 9

This chapter focuses on the principles of safe blood transfusion practices. The aim of this chapter is to develop and support the knowledge of health-care professionals involved in prescribing and administering blood components and products.

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Published: 
Jul 13, 2020
Chapter 8

Pre-transfusion testing ensures compatibility between the transfusion patient and the blood component(s) (red blood cells, platelets, plasma) intended for transfusion. This process includes accurate and thorough completion of the requisition, accurate patient identification, proper collection and labelling of the blood sample from the patient, laboratory testing to determine the patient’s blood group and to identify the presence of red blood cell alloantibodies, and compatibility testing. Pre-transfusion testing is complete when a compatible blood component is identified and labelled for transfusion to the intended patient. This chapter provides an overview of the pre-transfusion tests that are routinely performed.

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Modified on: 
Aug 14, 2020

We are pleased to present the eighth annual report describing transmissible blood-borne infection surveillance. High quality and timely surveillance is central to the safety of the blood supply. This includes monitoring of transmissible disease markers that the blood is tested for (including bacteria) and investigation of any reports of possible transfusion transmission, as well as a horizon scan for any new pathogens that may pose a risk.

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Upcoming Events

When
October 27, 2020 | 12:00PM to 1:00PM
Where

Toronto/Webinar

Presented by:

Vivian Ng, MSc, PhD
Manager, Economic Evaluation
Health Technology Assessment Program
Ontario Health, Clinical Institutes and Quality Programs

Olga Gajic-Veljanoski, MD, MSc, PhD
Senior Health Economist
Ontario Health, Clinical Institutes and Quality Programs

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When
November 3, 2020 | 12:00PM to 1:00PM
Where

Toronto/Webinar

More details to follow.

 

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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When
November 10, 2020 | 12:00PM to 1:00PM
Where

Toronto/Webinar

More details to follow.

 

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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Blog

Modified on: 
Oct 19, 2020

How Canadian Blood Services quickly stood up a seroprevalence lab able to test thousands of donor blood samples for SARS-CoV-2 antibodies each day

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Modified on: 
Oct 7, 2020

Postponed in April 2020, the Centre for Blood Research’s annual Norman Bethune Symposium moved to an online format and was held on Sept. 9, 2020. We heard from some Canadian Blood Services research trainees about the symposium and their experiences presenting their work in the “new normal” virtual format, which included a research showcase via Twitter.

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Modified on: 
Sep 28, 2020

With their recent study, Centre for Innovation senior scientist Dr. Jason Acker and his international colleagues bring studying red blood cell shape into the 21st century.

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