Recent Updates

Modified on: 
May 8, 2017

By generously providing blood that can be manufactured into red blood cells, platelets and plasma products, whole blood donors are essential to the blood system and the patients it serves. Canadian Blood Services is committed to maintaining a safe and secure blood supply while also protecting the health of our blood donors. The focus of this article is the effect of red blood cell loss on the iron levels of the donor and the steps taken by Canadian Blood Services to protect the health of its donors.

Transfusion
Modified on: 
Apr 11, 2017

Transfusion-related acute lung injury (TRALI) is a rare but serious syndrome characterized by sudden acute respiratory distress following transfusion. It is defined as new, acute lung injury (ALI) during or within six hours after blood product administration in the absence of temporally-associated risk factors for ALI. 

Transfusion
Published: 
Mar 31, 2017
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.

Transfusion

Upcoming Events

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

Toronto/Webinar

Special guest speaker

Dr. Andreas Greinacher
University Hospital Greifswald, Germany
Head of the Institute of Immunology and Transfusion Medicine

Transfusion
When
September 9, 2017 | 8:00AM to 4:00PM
Where

Toronto

The 15th Annual Canadian Blood Services International symposium will focus on red blood cells, exploring topics in serology and genotyping, alternatives to red blood cells, alloimmunization, hemolytic disease of the fetus and newborn, and more. This one day symposium is for Canadian physicians, technologists, nurses and researchers involved in transfusion and transplantation medicine.

The event will be held at the Chestnut Conference Centre (89 Chestnut St) in downtown Toronto, Ontario.

Transfusion
When
October 2, 2017 | 8:00AM to October 5, 2017 | 5:00PM
Where

Toronto

The Critical Care Canada Forum 2017 is Canada's national critical care meeting. Held over 4 days, it focuses on clinicians, scientists, and leaders in critical care medicine, and attracts the best speakers worldwide. CCCF consists of superlative plenary talks, thematic sessions and posters, with exhibits that demonstrate the latest products and services. 

Featuring internationally renowned experts; Darren Freed (Canada), Stephen Large (UK), Peter MacDonald (Australia), Paul Murphy (UK), and Robert TRuog (USA). 

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Organs and Tissues

Blog

science odyssey week, plasma

Modified on: 
May 16, 2017

It's Science Odyssey Week in Canada from May 12 to 21. Enjoy 10 days of discovery and innovation across the country. Find out where activities are taking place near you. 

 

In the spirit of Science Odyssey 2017 we worked out a little hands-on experiment to try at home or in class. Ever wonder why your blood is red? Want to get a "feel" for what your blood would look like up close? Try this... 

Ruqayyah Almizraq

Modified on: 
May 11, 2017

Ruqayyah Almizraq became interested in science because "it is like a magic window that opens up a whole new world."

Drs. Sheffield, Kiernan and Golder at CSTM 2017

Modified on: 
May 4, 2017

This post was written with contributions from Dr. Miguel Neves, a post-doctoral fellow in Dr. Heyu Ni’s Centre for Innovation lab at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto.