Recent Updates

Modified on: 
Mar 22, 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
Modified on: 
Feb 6, 2017

With great pleasure we present the new online edition of the Canadian Blood Services’ Clinical Guide to Transfusion. This Guide is an educational resource for health care workers on the provision of blood products and transfusion medicine services in Canada.

Transfusion
Modified on: 
Mar 29, 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.

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Upcoming Events

When
October 7, 2017 | 8:00AM to October 10, 2017 | 6:00PM
Where

San Diego, California

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
April 5, 2017 | 8:00AM to April 8, 2017 | 5:00PM
Where

San Diego, California

The 2017 preliminary program has everything you need to know about the ISHLT annual meeting and scientific sessions. The brochure is packed with information on meeting registration, hotel reservations, CME, program highlights, schedule at-a-glance, timetables, Academies and Annual Meeting invited program content, as well as plenty of enticing photos and descriptions of what San Diego has to offer.

Organs and Tissues
When
April 6, 2017 | 7:15AM to 6:30PM
Where

Vancouver

This symposium, held in honour of Dr. (Henry) Norman Bethune, is an informative and entertaining event with participation of a full range of scientists and clinicians at all levels of training.  

Click here for more information. 

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Blog

red blood cells

Modified on: 
Mar 29, 2017

“When individuals have iron deficiency (or iron deficiency anemia), they may experience decreased exercise tolerance, increased shortness of breath with activity,” explains Dr. Pambrun, “possibly can also have a decrease in concentration or changes in mood.”

Dr. Thomas led efforts in Nepal following an earthquake that devastated their blood program.

Modified on: 
Mar 22, 2017

As a member of the Alliance of Blood Operators, Canadian Blood Services is fortunate to engage with dedicated and forward-facing colleagues from around the world. This spotlight interview was published in our internal newsletter and we have graciously been given permission to repost on this blog. 

calculating change

Modified on: 
Mar 16, 2017

When a significant change to donor eligibility occurs, like the recent eligibility changes related to hemoglobin levels and iron health, we need to understand in advance the impact it could have on blood collections.

Our in-house engineer, John Blake, did some nifty number crunching and estimated that the change would mean about 35,000 fewer donations collected in a year — hence the push for new donors to step forward to help fill the gap.