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Sep 28, 2016

Health screening, education and donor testing help to ensure donors are healthy enough to give and that their gift doesn’t cause harm to patients.

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Sep 21, 2016

Meet Dr. Elisabeth Maurer: she uses lasers to measure quality of platelets

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Sep 19, 2016

When tragedy strikes, expert guidance helps doctors, patients and families take action

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Aug 31, 2016

A new and improved site to learn, share and advance in the fields of transfusion and transplantation medicine

After much hard work, collaboration and consultation, we're pleased to announce the launch of a new and improved online educational platform for health-care professionals.

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Sep 19, 2016

Two hundred and fifty donations facilitated through the Highly Sensitized Patient program

We are pleased to share the news of an exciting milestone for the Highly Sensitized Patient program. As of Monday, Aug. 22, 2016, there have been 250 transplants since going live in October 2013!

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Aug 24, 2016

The images in this "through the microscope" are from recent work done to determine the best conditions to successfully perform the monocyte monolayer assay—a laboratory-based test that predicts the severity of adverse reactions to blood products. "Mastering the monocyte monolayer assay" is a new ResearchUnit that summarizes the study. 

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Mar 2, 2017

In the e_rly d_ys of tr_nsfusi_n medicine, d_ct_rs g_ve p_tients _ll s_rts _f different fluids, including _l__d _r milk fr_m _nim_ls. Success v_ried, _nd the results were _ften dis_str_us—even when they used hum_n _l__d. 

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Aug 16, 2016

This post is based on a ResearchUnit originally gathered in April 2016. ResearchUnits summarize recent scientific publications. They are produced and distributed by Canadian Blood Services’ Centre for Innovation.

There are public health concerns around the use of DEHP in blood bags, particularly for pediatric patients. This study shows a less toxic compound called DINCH may be a viable alternative.

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Aug 16, 2016

For this instalment of "meet the researcher" we caught up with Dr. William Sheffield a senior scientist with Canadian Blood Services' Centre for Innovation. 

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Aug 16, 2016

“It’s a Canadian tradition to push blood as far forward as possible in the safest possible way.”

There’s a long, rich history of military blood transfusion and Canadians have been at the front and centre of this field since WWI.

Getting blood where it’s most needed is a challenge at the best of times, but getting it to soldiers injured in combat is an extraordinary feat.

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