LearnTransfusion Series

Topic Teaching: Transfusion Reaction Cases

January 7, 2020 | 12:00PM to 1:00PM (EDT)


Presented by:

Andrew Shih, MD, FRCPC, DRCPSC, BSc, HRM MSc
Clinical Assistant Professor
University of British Columbia Transfusion Medicine
Vancouver Coastal Health Authority


After discussing cases, learners will be able to diagnose and manage transfusion reactions relating to:
1.    Dyspnea
2.    Allergic reactions
3.    Delayed hemolytic transfusion reaction.


1.    Vlaar APJ et al. A consensus redefinition of transfusion related acute lung injury. Transfusion 2019;59:2465-76.
2.    Sander SG et al.  The entity of immunoglobulin A–related anaphylactic transfusion reactions is not evidence based.  Transfusion 2015;55:199-204.
3.    Delaney M et al. Transfusion reactions: prevention, diagnosis, and treatment.  Lancet 2016 Dec 3;388(10061):2825-36.


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.

To register for the LearnTransfusion series, send an email to learn.transfusion@blood.ca with  “Weekly Transfusion Medicine Seminars” in the subject line. Include your name and complete e-mail address in the body of the e-mail, and confirm that you would like to register for the LearnTransfusion series. You will then receive weekly email notifications of upcoming series events with details on how to join the webinars (e.g., call-in number and a link to register for the webinar).

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.