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.

Transfusion
Modified on: 
Mar 27, 2017

A. Reporting

Attention: All transfusion reactions (mild to life-threatening) and transfusion-related errors must be reported to the hospital’s transfusion service (blood bank).

Transfusion
Modified on: 
Mar 22, 2017

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 and their donated blood products are tested for transfusion-transmissible diseases. Donor eligibility criteria also reduce potential health risks for the donor. This chapter describes the donor selection process, the pathogen testing done on blood products, and the pathogen inactivation processes that can further reduce the potential risk of transfusion-transmitted diseases.

Transfusion
Modified on: 
Feb 14, 2017

Platelets are the smallest of the blood cells, with a diameter of 2–3 µm and no nucleus. Their main function is to mediate primary hemostasis, though they are involved in a number of other processes including primary immunity, tumour progression and inflammation.

Transfusion
Modified on: 
Jan 18, 2017

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. The program is led by Canadian Blood Services’ Centre for Innovation with financial support from Grifols. For information about the next BloodTechNet program competition, visit blood.ca research funding programs.

Transfusion
Organs and Tissues
Stem Cells
Modified on: 
Jan 18, 2017

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. The program is led by Canadian Blood Services’ Centre for Innovation with financial support from Grifols. For information about the next BloodTechNet program competition, visit blood.ca research funding programs.

Transfusion
Organs and Tissues
Stem Cells
Modified on: 
Jan 18, 2017

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. The program is led by Canadian Blood Services’ Centre for Innovation with financial support from Grifols. For information about the next BloodTechNet program competition, visit blood.ca research funding programs.

Transfusion
Organs and Tissues
Stem Cells
Modified on: 
Nov 30, 2016

Current practices at Canadian Blood Services require that platelet units be stored no longer than five days prior to transfusion. This short storage period results in very challenging inventory management and many platelet units being discarded.

Transfusion

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