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Modified on: 
Nov 12, 2020

Anti-Kpa is an antibody directed to an antigen of the Kell blood group system. The Kell antigens are located on the red blood cell transmembrane glycoprotein known as CD238, and consist of a large group of 35 antigens. Some of these antigens are highly immunogenic, and after the ABO and Rh blood group systems, they are the most common immunogenic group for red blood cells. However, Anti-Kpa itself is extremely rare.

Transfusion
Modified on: 
Nov 12, 2020

Authors: Danielle Meunier, MD; Sophia Peng, MD; and Gwen Clarke, MD, FRCPC
Publication date: September 2019
Primary target audiences: Medical laboratory technologists (MLT) in a hospital laboratory, transfusion medicine physicians

Transfusion
Modified on: 
Nov 12, 2020

Authors: Danielle Meunier, MD; Sophia Peng, MD; and Gwen Clarke, MD, FRCPC
Publication date: September 2019
Primary target audiences: Medical laboratory technologists (MLT) in a hospital laboratory, transfusion medicine physicians

Transfusion
Modified on: 
Nov 12, 2020

Authors: Danielle Meunier, MD; Sophia Peng, MD; and Gwen Clarke, MD, FRCPC
Publication date: September 2019
Primary target audiences: Medical laboratory technologists (MLT) in a hospital laboratory, transfusion medicine physicians

Transfusion
Modified on: 
Oct 30, 2020
  • Alloimmunization is common in patients with sickle cell disease and may complicate transfusion therapy.
  • Patient phenotyping and prophylactic matching to reduce alloimmunization is recommended.
  • Transfusion requirements and the presence or absence of red cell antibodies influence recommendations on the extent of phenotyping for patients with sickle cell disease.
  • Limited evidence exists on the impact of the storage age of blood in this population, but provision of fresh units imposes significant challenges and may compromise availability of optimally phenotype-matched units.
Transfusion
Modified on: 
Oct 26, 2020

Digital technology is transforming the way health care services are delivered in Canada. The Canadian Transplant Registry (CTR) is an example of an innovative technology that generates value in terms of quality, safety and efficiency through its capabilities for supporting all donors, candidate listing, offer management, allocation and pre and post-transplant data.  

Organs and Tissues
Modified on: 
Oct 24, 2020

Visit the HSP Program Data Dashboard for access to current data.

Organs and Tissues
Modified on: 
Oct 22, 2020

Author: Rob Romans 
Publication date: March 2019  

The primary target audience for this educational resource: Medical Laboratory Technologist (MLT) in the hospital laboratory, Prescribers of cryoprecipitates. 

Transfusion
Modified on: 
Oct 22, 2020

The short storage period for platelet units results in very challenging inventory management, and many platelet units are discarded.

Transfusion
Modified on: 
Oct 20, 2020

Author: Rob Romans, ART, BSc
Online publication date: August 2019

Background

In August 2018, the National Advisory Committee on Blood and Blood Products (NAC) endorsed the document “Guidance on Platelet Transfusion for Patients With Hypoproliferative Thrombocytopenia” published by the International Collaboration for Transfusion Medicine Guidelines (ICTMG).1, 2, 3

Transfusion

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