Recent Updates

Modified on: 
Jul 13, 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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Jul 12, 2018

Author: Mindy Goldman, MD, FRCPC
Online publication date: March 2012, updated July 2018

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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. See Chapter 13 of this Guide for more information on directed donations.

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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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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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When
August 16, 2018 | 12:00PM to 7:00PM
Where

Vancouver

Join us at our upcoming CBR Research Day on Thursday, August 16th!  This is always a spectacular event, starting off with lunch and terrific 3 minute PPT presentations by our 25+ summer students.  This will be followed by a keynote address by Dr. Farah Alibay, an Aerospace Engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.  And finally, there will be loads of posters, with beer, wine, and a BBQ dinner for all to enjoy!

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Blog

Modified on: 
Jul 11, 2018

Once Local Day wrapped up, the 35th Congress of the International Society for Blood Transfusion (ISBT) got into full swing. What followed was four days of the latest in transfusion medicine and science, delivered in a jam-packed schedule of concurrent sessions.

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Jul 5, 2018

Held in Toronto, the 35th Congress of the International Society for Blood Transfusion (ISBT) kicked off with a “Local Day” on Saturday June 2nd. Organized by the Canadian Society for Transfusion Medicine, and chaired by Dr. Katerina Pavenski, Local Day focused on Canadian advances in transfusion medicine over the years: past, present, and future.

discovery research on display during ISBT 2018

Modified on: 
Jul 5, 2018

Earlier this month, the international community of transfusion medicine and science professionals converged on Toronto, Ontario, for the 35th Congress of the International Society for Blood Transfusion (ISBT). Held every other year at different locations around the globe, the ISBT congress is one of the main knowledge sharing and networking events in the field of transfusion. This year was the first time since 2002 that the ISBT congress was held in Canada.