Recent Updates

Modified on: 
Sep 5, 2018

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.

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Modified on: 
Sep 5, 2018

In August 2017, Canadian Blood Services changed its platelet product testing procedure to improve the detection of bacterial contamination. This change enhanced the safety of Canadian Blood Services platelet products and provided the opportunity to improve inventory management by extending the platelet shelf life from five to seven days.

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Modified on: 
Sep 5, 2018

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. 

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Upcoming Events

When
October 13, 2018 | 8:00AM to October 16, 2018 | 6:00PM
Where

Boston, MA

The AABB Annual Meeting is the premiere event for healthcare professionals in the fields of transfusion medicine and cellular therapies.

Click here for more information.

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Stem Cells
When
November 16, 2018 | 8:00AM to November 17, 2018 | 6:00PM
Where

Edmonton

The purpose of the conference is to bring together multiple voices to support and build inclusive an equitable teaching and learning environments for medical staff, sickle cell disease patients, their families, first responders the public and other stakeholders. The event will be targeted towards physicians, surgeons, researchers and other medical practitioners within the community committed to finding a cure for Sickle Cell Anemia and more knowledge of the continued effects of sickle cell anemia trait.

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Stem Cells
When
September 21, 2018 | 8:45AM to 4:00PM
Where

Lethbridge

All are welcome to join the Chinook Regional Hospital Transfusion Medicine Department for our Canadian Society for Transfusion Medicine (CSTM) Education Day September 21, 2018!
A variety of speakers will be discussing logistics and management of Mass Transfusions and Causalities in rural hospital settings.

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Blog

Poster time at the CBR Research Day

Modified on: 
Sep 10, 2018

Research day celebrates the end of summer and close of the Centre for Blood Research Summer Studentship Program. This year's keynote speaker, Dr. Farah Alibay, an aerospace engineer with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Los Angeles spoke of her work on the Mars InSight mission.

Modified on: 
Sep 4, 2018

This week, we connected with Dr. Jelena Holovati about her work as a Canadian Blood Services adjunct scientist and her role as laboratory director of the Edmonton Stem Cell Manufacturing Program.

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Modified on: 
Sep 11, 2018

Exciting research from the University of British Columbia could make it easier to match blood to patients, by turning all blood into type O, the universal donor. This work was just presented at the American Chemical Society National Meeting in Boston, and has created quite a buzz. I chatted to our Chief Scientist, Dr. Dana Devine, and  Dr. Jayachandran Kizhakkedathu to learn more.