BloodTechNet educational resources
The BloodTechNet program was launched in 2011 to facilitate the development of innovative educational resources that support the Transfusion, Cellular Therapy and Transplantation communities in Canada. The program is led by Canadian Blood Services’ Centre for Innovation with financial support from Grifols. For information about the next BloodTechNet program competition, visit blood.ca research funding programs.
Projects currently underway
- Better blood transfusion - Phase Two (2018 Competition)
- Development of internet modules for serology curriculum delivery (2018 Competition)
- A program to minimize preventable and inappropriate blood product transfusions in liver surgery (2018 Competition)
- Stem Cell Transplantation Multimedia Toolkit (2018 Competition)
To read more about these and other projects search our funded projects database.
Completed projects and resources
Transfusion Medicine Podcasts for Physicians About Guidelines: Physicians from the International Collaboration for Transfusion Medicine Guidelines (ICTMG) received a BloodTechNet Award to produce two podcasts to disseminate guidelines. The first podcast discusses red cell specifications for hemoglobinopathies and helps guide physicians who treat patients with thalassemia and sickle cell anemia in selecting red blood cells. The second podcast is aimed at physicians who treat mothers and babies with Fetal Neonatal Alloimmune Thrombocytopenia (FNAIT) – a potentially life threatening illness for fetuses and neonates where platelets are destroyed by maternal alloantibodies to human platelet antigens. You can listen to these and other ICTMG podcasts at www.ictmg.org. www.ictmg.org also houses other resources including algorithms, presentations and patient pamphlets for these guidelines.
PID (Primary Immune Deficiency) Toolkit App (2017 Competition)
The Primary Immunodeficiency Disease (PIDD) Toolkit was developed by the BC Provincial Blood Coordinating Office (PBCO) in collaboration with a group of provincial immunologists and transfusion medicine physicians. The Toolkit is intended to support the diagnosis, treatment and monitoring of patients with PIDD. The App contains diagnostic and treatment algorithms (presented in two different formats), a dose calculator to determine IVIG or SCIG dose, a dose adjustment calculator, links to the BC provincial IG recommendations as well as other links and references of interest. The PIDD Toolkit on the app can be downloaded for Apple or Android.
Screenshot of the Primary Immunodeficiency Disease (PIDD) Toolkit app.
A chat with Susana Darnel, Pam Danesin and Dr. Doug Morrison about the project during ISBT 2018 congress in Toronto.
The Blood & Clots Series is an online curriculum dedicated to the management of bleeding and thrombosis with transfusion medicine as a central concept. Housed on CanadiEM, this series of online educational resources focuses on some of the most difficult dilemmas we face in medicine today: how to manage patients who are bleeding, clotting, or both. The resources have been designed with ER doctors and front-line/primary care physicians in mind.
The curriculum is based on a needs assessment that will be published shortly and is written by a team of hematology faculty from across Canada.
Screenshot of the Blood and Clots Massive Transfusion Protocole resource hosted on CanadiEM.
A chat with Dr. Andrew Shih about the project during ISBT 2018 congress in Toronto.
A series of short, entertaining and informative animated videos to inform healthcare professionals of the Choosing Wisely Canada transfusion recommendations and promote safer blood transfusion. View all videos.
Screenshot of the video illustrating the Choosing Wisely CanadaTransfusion recommendation #9 - Don't transfuse O-negative blood except to.
A chat with Dr. Clinton Cambpell about the project during ISBT 2018 congress in Toronto.
The Stem Cell Club: Educating Medical Students about Stem Cell Transplantation (2015 and 2016 competitions)
A club of national scope that trains medical students to advocate for patients in need of stem cell transplant, and to develop leadership and teamwork skills. We instruct them to secure informed consent and to identify and correct medical errors.
Warren Fingrut (left), Cassandra DeLuka of Canadian Blood Services’
OneMatch Stem Cell and Marrow Network (centre-right) along with two
UBC medical students at a "May the swab be with you" recruitment event in 2014.
(Photo courtesy of Warren Fingrut)
Snippets - Watch & Learn Job Aids (2014 competition)
Five minute interactive videos that offer front line providers and technologists with meaningful and current clinical knowledge related around the following seven areas :
- Patient identification when collecting pre-transfusion sample.
- Patient identification and transfusion pre-checks required prior to the administration of blood components or plasma protein products.
- Pre-transfusion testing including ABO grouping, Antiboby screening and crossmatching.
- Emergency blood administration.
- Transfusion reactions (respiratory complications related to transfusion).
- Post-production modification of blood components (washing and irradiation of red cell, platelet, and plasma units).
- Thawing frozen blood products.
The Transfusion Safety Nurse Clinician at BC Children’s and Women’s hospitals created three e-Learning Transfusion Practice Educational Modules around the following themes:
- Administration of blood products: Neonatal – Syringe method; Pediatric – Syringe and volumetric method; Adult – Volumetric method.
- Transport of blood products.
- Pre-transfusion sample collection.
To access the modules, go to the Learning Hub site, create an account or sign on as a guest, and search for the modules.
We had the opportunity to chat with Clare O'Reilly about her project at the ISBT congress in Toronto in June 2018.
Transfusion Confusion: an inter-professional learning module (2014 competition)
Transfusion Confusion is a learning module developed to introduce concepts of pretransfusion testing and transfusion practice and to explore concepts of interprofessional collaboration. Delivered via the University of Alberta’s learning platform, this module focuses on the importance of patient identification, specimen suitability, and team issues such as communication, collaboration, role clarification and reflection. Currently, this course can only be accessed by University of Alberta students. However, the intent is to eventually provide access to members of the general public.
Transfusion Bits and Bytes (2011 competition)
Short videos intended for general Medical Laboratory Technologists working in Transfusion Medicine Services addressing the following themes:
- Transfusion Reaction Overview
- Acute Transfusion Reactions
- Case Studies of Acute Transfusion Reactions
- Delayed Transfusion Reaction and Case Studies
- Quality Management Systems
- Root Cause Analysis
Passing the Serology Torch (2011 competition)
A speaker-series of 11 presentations on serology targeted at Transfusion Medicine Medical Lab Technologists.
Transfusion Quest (2011 competition)
An online Trivia game for Transfusion Medicine Medical Lab Technologists.