LearnTransfusion Series

Journal Club: Outpatient red cell transfusion thresholds: RETRO Study

October 8, 2019 | 12:00PM to 1:00PM (EDT)


Presented by:

Dr. Aditi Khandelwal
Transfusion Medicine Physician Trainee
University of Toronto


1.  Describe the available literature on red cell transfusion thresholds in the outpatient setting.
2.  Determine informative outcome measures in chronically transfused patient with malignancies.
3.  Review the RETRO study (St. Lezin, E et al. Transfusion 2019;59:1934-1943).
4.  Discuss the direction of future research in outpatient transfusions.


1.  RETRO Study
2.  Lin Y & Buckstein R. Outpatient transfusions: time to study what matters to patients. Transfusion 2019;59:1887-90.
3.  Simon GI et al. Impacts of Aging on Anemia Tolerance, Transfusion Thresholds, and Patient Blood Management, Transfusion Medicine Reviews 2019;33:154-161.
4.  Staibano P et al. Patient-Centered Outcomes in the Management of Anemia: A Scoping review. Transfusion Medicine Reviews 2019;337-11.
5.  Koutsavlis I. Transfusion thresholds, quality of life, and current approaches in myelodysplastic syndromes. Anemia 2016;2016:8494738.


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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The LearnTransfusion series is the seminar component of the Areas of Focused Competency (AFC)-Diploma Program in Transfusion Medicine. The series, organized by Canadian Blood Services is also open to all practitioners in the field of Transfusion Medicine. Through a series of regular webinars, trainees and practitioners are exposed to various scientific, technical and clinical aspects of transfusion medicine.