Recent Updates

Modified on: 
Dec 20, 2019

The BloodTechNet program was launched in 2011 to facilitate the development of innovative educational resources that support the Transfusion, Cellular Therapy and Transplantation communities in Canada.

Transfusion
Organs and Tissues
Stem Cells
Published: 
Aug 8, 2019
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. In addition, the donated blood is tested to identify the donor’s blood group and to detect blood group antibodies and transfusion-transmissible pathogens. Donor eligibility criteria and testing also benefit the donors by, for example, reducing potential blood donation-related health risks.

Transfusion
Published: 
Sep 10, 2019
Chapter 7

Background

Originally all plasma fractionation products were derived from pooled human plasma. Increasingly, many plasma proteins are manufactured by biotechnology as recombinant proteins, without need for donated plasma; depending on the plasma protein product, either a recombinant or fractionated product, or both are available in Canada.

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Upcoming Events

When
February 10, 2020 | 8:00AM to February 13, 2020 | 4:00PM
Where

Whistler



About the Canadian Critical Care Conference

Organs and Tissues
When
February 13, 2020 | 5:30PM to 8:30PM
Where

Ottawa: Atelier (95 Clegg St., St. Paul University)

Join Profs. Jennifer Chandler, Vanessa Gruben, Colleen M. Flood, and Dr. Sonny Dhanani for a discussion on Challenges in Organ Donation and Transplantion. Each speaker will provide a brief perspective, which will be followed by a Q&A with the audience over food and drinks.

This event is free and all are welcome. Please RSVP to healthlaw@uottawa.ca

View the event poster for more detail.

Organs and Tissues
When
February 4, 2020 | 12:00PM to 1:00PM
Where

Toronto/Webinar

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: 
Jan 22, 2020

Although it doesn’t happen often, sometimes patients will have a bad reaction during or after a blood transfusion. Surveillance systems set up to monitor the safety of the blood supply in Canada keep track of incidents like these so that issues potentially affecting patient safety can be identified. A recently published guide on reporting adverse transfusion events, available on Canadian Blood Services’ professional education website, helps make the reporting process easier to understand.

Transfusion

Modified on: 
Jan 6, 2020

Welcome to 2020! Take a look back with us by checking out the five most visited R.E.D. blog posts in 2019.

Stem Cells
Transfusion

Modified on: 
Dec 22, 2019

When doctors select compatible red blood cell units for transfusion into a patient, they don’t consider the sex of the patient and whether the donor is the same (sex-matched) or opposite sex (sex-mismatched). But a study led by Dr. Michelle Zeller, Canadian Blood Services medical officer and assistant professor in the department of medicine at McMaster University, suggests that the role of donor sex in red blood cell compatibility may be worth a closer look.

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