Transfusion medicine

Recent Updates

Published: 
May 31, 2017
Chapter 16

This chapter focuses on preoperative autologous donation (PAD). There are other types of autologous blood use (e.g. acute normovolemic hemodilution and intraoperative and postoperative blood salvage) which are not discussed in this chapter.

PAD refers to the donation of blood by a patient for his/her own future use; generally this is for a scheduled elective surgery. The top three procedures associated with a request for a PAD are total hip replacement, total knee replacement and hysterectomy.

In most cases, allogeneic blood transfusions are a safe and available option. Autologous and directed donations should be confined to circumstances of rare blood types or plasma protein deficiencies in which  allogeneic units may not meet patient needs. Rare blood types represent only a small number of autologous units collected each year.

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Modified on: 
May 8, 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.

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Modified on: 
Apr 11, 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. 

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Upcoming Events

When
September 9, 2017 | 8:00AM to 4:00PM
Where

Toronto

The 15th Annual Canadian Blood Services International symposium will focus on red blood cells, exploring topics in serology and genotyping, alternatives to red blood cells, alloimmunization, hemolytic disease of the fetus and newborn, and more. This one day symposium is for Canadian physicians, technologists, nurses and researchers involved in transfusion and transplantation medicine.

The event will be held at the Chestnut Conference Centre (89 Chestnut St) in downtown Toronto, Ontario. 

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When
June 27, 2017 | 12:00PM to 1:00PM
Where

Toronto/Webinar

Speaker

Shafquat Tahir
Quality and Risk Management
St. Michael's Hospital

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When
October 2, 2017 | 8:00AM to October 5, 2017 | 5:00PM
Where

Toronto

The Critical Care Canada Forum 2017 is Canada's national critical care meeting. Held over 4 days, it focuses on clinicians, scientists, and leaders in critical care medicine, and attracts the best speakers worldwide. CCCF consists of superlative plenary talks, thematic sessions and posters, with exhibits that demonstrate the latest products and services. 

Featuring internationally renowned experts; Darren Freed (Canada), Stephen Large (UK), Peter MacDonald (Australia), Paul Murphy (UK), and Robert TRuog (USA). 

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Organs and Tissues

Blog

Kidney graphic

Modified on: 
Jun 20, 2017

500 transplants made possible thanks to the selflessness of living organ donors and kidney paired exchange

L. Bruce Robertson beside Canadian Red Cross truck, ca. [1914-1918]  Copyright: Queen’s Printer for Ontario

Modified on: 
Jun 14, 2017

Innovation150 series on the RED blog: As Canada celebrates 150 years we look back on Canadian innovations in transfusion medicine over the years.  A series of posts over the next few weeks feature remarkable Canadian progress in transfusion medicine past, present and future. #Innovation150.

BacT alert system

Modified on: 
Jun 8, 2017

Previous posts in our "The things we do for safety" series