Fetal and neonatal alloimmune thrombocytopenia (FNAIT) is an immune-mediated cause of thrombocytopenia in neonates due to maternal anti-human platelet antigen (HPA) antibodies, most commonly anti-HPA-1a.
Intracranial hemorrhage (ICH) is a serious complication of FNAIT and is estimated to affect 1 in 10,000 live births.
Diagnostic testing for FNAIT includes three main steps:
Maternal anti-HPA antibody screening and identification
HPA genotyping of mother, father and/or neonate
Confirmation of antibody specificity and reactivity with the monoclonal antibody immobilization of platelet antigens (MAIPA) assay
HPA-matched platelets should be given to a neonate with FNAIT if immediately available, otherwise unmatched units (random pooled platelets) should be provided until matched platelets can be obtained.
Health care professionals in donation and transplantation are invited to attend a series of webinars focusing on psychological first aid, grief and loss, and moral distress, within the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.
A severe mass event like this pandemic can cause the general public and those affected by COVID-19, including health care workers, to be mentally impacted. Psychological First Aid is an intervention method that can help people in distress during these challenging times.
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.
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Beginning in 2012, Canadian Blood Services, on behalf of the Eye and Tissue Data Committee (ETDC), received data submissions from all Canadian eye and tissue programs. Data definitions were established and data training delivered to the Canadian eye and tissue community.