Recent Updates

Modified on: 
May 3, 2018

Highly Sensitized Patient (HSP) Program Introduction

Organs and Tissues
Modified on: 
May 3, 2018

Launched in June 2012, the National Organ Waitlist (NOW) provides 24/7 web-based access for non-renal organ transplant programs across the country to list patients in need of a heart, lungs, liver, pancreas, small bowel, or multi-organ transplant. When organs become available, Organ Donation Organizations (ODOs) can access NOW online from the Canadian Transplant Registry (CTR). ODOs use NOW as a first step in the organ allocation process to identify patients in most critical need of an organ anywhere in Canada.

Organs and Tissues
Modified on: 
Apr 30, 2018

Two new patient and public education and awareness brochures are now available! View or download What is Living Kidney Paired Donation and Kidney Paired Donation (KPD) Program

Organs and Tissues
Modified on: 
Apr 25, 2018

Intravenous Immune Globulin

General Information

Intravenous immune globulin (IVIG) products are sterile solutions or lyophilized concentrates of human Immunoglobulin G (IgG) immunoglobulin that have been processed to remove multimers and aggregates of IgG thus allowing for intravenous infusion. The distribution of IgG subclasses is similar to that found in normal plasma. Depending on the method of preparation, some products may contain trace amounts of Immunoglobulin A (IgA) and Immunoglobulin M (IgM).  

Transfusion
Modified on: 
Apr 25, 2018

Organ and Tissue Donation and Transplantation (OTDT) Advisory Committees

A number of advisory committees and working groups work with Canadian Blood Services on issues and initiatives related to organ donation and transplantation activities. Their work includes providing expert advise and direction on national clinical policy and practice, operational requirements, standardization of procedures, and development of the Canadian Transplant Registry services. These groups also provide input to strategic direction and initiative development and prioritization.

Organs and Tissues
Modified on: 
Apr 25, 2018

ODTEAC provides expert advice on donation and transplantation system activities for ongoing advancement and implementation of national initiatives in partnership with Canadian Blood Services.

Members Organization
CHAIR
Dr. Norman Kneteman

University of Alberta Hospital, Alberta Health Services, Edmonton, Alberta

Organs and Tissues
Modified on: 
Apr 23, 2018

Reviews: Bioburden Reduction and Control in Tissue Banking

Canadian Blood Services, in collaboration with national and international community leaders and experts,  has been facilitating the development of evidence based Leading Practice Guidelines in Bioburden Reduction and Control in tissue banking. The foundation of this work has been the collection and evaluation of evidence in five key areas of tissue recovery and allograft production through systematic reviews of the published literature.  The results of these systematic reviews have been published in the Journal of Cell and Tissue Banking.

Organs and Tissues
Modified on: 
Apr 23, 2018

Organ Donation and Transplantation in Canada - System Progress Report 

Organs and Tissues
Modified on: 
Apr 20, 2018

Canadian Blood Services, Trillium Gift of Life Network and the Canadian National Transplant Research Program worked in collaboration with the Critical Care Canada Forum (CCCF) to host the Deceased Organ Donation Symposium that took place October 3 to October 4, 2017. The program reviewed current clinical practices and advances in the science of organ donation medicine, including emerging topics and evolving research. Videos of the seminars were recorded to provide those unable to attend an opportunity to meet Canadian and international critical care experts in the field of deceased organ donation.

View the 2017 CCCF videos

Organs and Tissues
Modified on: 
Apr 18, 2018

Read about Canadian Blood Services’ recently published Organ Donation and Transplantation 2016 System Progress Report Update and the Donation and Transplantation Interprovincial Programs Report 2009-2016 to find out more about Canada’s donation and transplantation activities.

Organs and Tissues

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