Recent Updates

Published: 
Jul 24, 2017
Chapter 11

The approach to transfusion in emergent situations varies dramatically depending on the clinical scenario. The primary guiding determinant is the clinician’s assessment of the rapidity of bleeding, the severity of hemorrhage or amount of blood lost, and the clinical stability of the patient. Using the severely injured trauma patient as a case study, this chapter will discuss the principles of massive hemorrhage and resuscitation, with the inclusion of special situations such as obstetrical hemorrhage, where data are available.

Transfusion
Published: 
Sep 8, 2017
Chapter 8

Pre-transfusion testing refers to the laboratory testing required to ensure compatibility between the blood of the transfusion recipient and the blood product intended for transfusion. This process includes proper completion of the requisition, proper patient identification, 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 completed when a compatible blood product is identified for transfusion to the intended recipient. This chapter provides an overview of the pre-transfusion tests that are routinely performed.

Transfusion
Published: 
Mar 22, 2017
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 and their donated blood products are tested for transfusion-transmissible diseases. Donor eligibility criteria also reduce potential health risks for the donor. This chapter describes the donor selection process, the pathogen testing done on blood products, and the pathogen inactivation processes that can further reduce the potential risk of transfusion-transmitted diseases.

Transfusion

Upcoming Events

When
October 21, 2017 | 8:00AM to October 24, 2017 | 5:00PM
Where

Vancouver

** Programme and information is not yet available for the 2017 Canadian Cardiovascular Congress (CCC) **

What is the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress?

The Canadian Cardiovascular Congress (CCC) is the largest gathering of cardiovascular and allied health professionals in Canada.

Transfusion
Organs and Tissues
When
November 1, 2017 | 7:30AM to 3:30PM
Where

Winnipeg/Webcast

Blood Day 2017 is a multidisciplinary education day for clinicians interested in expanding their knowledge related to Transfusion Medicine and Patient Blood Management.

Click here for more information.

Transfusion
When
November 8, 2017 | 8:00AM to November 9, 2017 | 5:00PM
Where

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Please note the World Marrow Donor Association (WMDA) fall meeting does not yet have a programme or schedule.

To learn about the 2016 Fall Meeting, please click here. 

Organs and Tissues
Stem Cells

Blog

women in stem

Modified on: 
Oct 10, 2017

To encourage more young people to consider careers in science, technology, engineering and math, and in honour of Ada Lovelace Day 2017, we are pleased to share profiles of women in these essential fields at Canadian Blood Services.

We chose these stories in particular because they share a common theme of both perseverance and flexibility. They represent just a sampling of the convergence of skills, abilities and professional backgrounds that support Canada’s national blood system, its related activities, and the patients it serves.

women in STEM

Modified on: 
Oct 10, 2017

To encourage more young people to consider careers in science, technology, engineering and math, and in honour of Ada Lovelace Day 2017, we are pleased to share profiles of women in these essential fields at Canadian Blood Services.

 

differences

Modified on: 
Oct 4, 2017

In this six-part series, Dr. Jeannie Callum, a hospital-based transfusion specialist, shares her real-life experience witnessing the impact of blood donation on patient lives. She provides some fascinating insight into blood transfusion, past and present, and emphasizes the need for male donors and why some donors may be safer for patients. Read the complete series here.