Transfusion medicine

Recent Updates

Published: 
Aug 8, 2019
Chapter 6

All blood transfused in Canada is collected from volunteer donors. To ensure the safety of the blood products, donors are carefully screened against an extended list of eligibility criteria. In addition, the donated blood is tested to identify the donor’s blood group and to detect blood group antibodies and transfusion-transmissible pathogens. Donor eligibility criteria and testing also benefit the donors by, for example, reducing potential blood donation-related health risks.

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Published: 
Sep 10, 2019
Chapter 7

Background

Originally all plasma fractionation products were derived from pooled human plasma. Increasingly, many plasma proteins are manufactured by biotechnology as recombinant proteins, without need for donated plasma; depending on the plasma protein product, either a recombinant or fractionated product, or both are available in Canada.

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Modified on: 
Oct 17, 2019

We are pleased to present the seventh annual report describing transmissible blood-borne infection surveillance. High quality and timely surveillance is central to the safety of the blood supply.

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Upcoming Events

When
April 14, 2020 | 12:00PM to 1:00PM
Where

Toronto/Webinar

Details to follow.

 

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.

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When
April 15, 2020 | 8:00AM to April 19, 2020 | 4:00PM
Where

Vienna, Austria

The European Association for the Study of the Liver presents the International Liver Congress 2020. The programme will be organized according to the following specialties and fields: 

-Basic and translational science

-Imaging and intervention

-Liver transplant and surgery

-Public health

To learn more about the event's programme or EASL, please click here

 

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Organs and Tissues
When
April 15, 2020 | 9:00AM to 4:00PM
Where

Belleville General Hospital

Unfortunately this event has been cancelled as a result of the restrictions in place because of the COVID-19 pandemic.  We hope to reschedule later in the year.

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Blog

Modified on: 
Apr 1, 2020

Congratulations to the recipients of funding recently awarded through the Centre for Innovation’s BloodTechNet Award Program and Graduate Fellowship Program. This funding supports innovators in education and graduate students conducting research in the field of transfusion science.

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Modified on: 
Mar 25, 2020

Donated red blood cell units are a vital component of patient care, supporting patients with a wide variety of disorders. However, not all blood units are the same, and the benefit they can deliver to a patient can vary from unit to unit. Read on to learn about a unique device developed in a research laboratory at the Centre for Blood Research that can sort stored red blood cells based on their “squeezability”. This reflects how well red blood cells can squeeze their way through the circulation after a transfusion and could help identify “super-storers”.

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Modified on: 
Mar 11, 2020

For patients who have cardiac surgery, the risk of severe blood loss is high if they have a condition called acquired hypofibrinogenemia — this means they have an undersupply of an essential blood clotting protein called fibrinogen. Doctors aim to minimize their bleeding with a fibrinogen replacement product, either cryoprecipitate or fibrinogen concentrate, to restore clotting factors to normal levels. A recent study that compared both products could have an impact on how cardiac patients are treated in Canada.

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