Day 1: Blood Component Indications & Administration

The content on this page is specific for 2019-2020 Transfusion Camp. Content for 2020-2021 will start being updated approximately one month ahead of the live event held in Toronto. See General Information Schedules and Locations document for live event dates.


  • Materials and YouTube links must not be used or distributed outside of Transfusion Camp without the consent of the Transfusion Camp organizers.
  • Materials are ​provided for educational purposes only. They are not intended to be a substitute for the advice of a physician and should be assessed in the context of the applicable medic​al, legal and ethical requirements in any individual case.

Day 1 Overview

  • Pre-course exam
  • Red Cell Transfusion (Dr. Jeannie Callum) 
  • Platelet Transfusion (Dr. Katerina Pavenski)
  • Basic Blood Bank Testing (Dr. Yulia Lin)
  • Seminar 1A: RBC & Platelet Transfusion Cases (Dr. Katerina Pavenski)
  • Neonatal & Pediatric Transfusion Cases (Dr. Lani Lieberman)
  • Plasma, PCC & Cryoprecipitate (Dr. Jeannie Callum)
  • Seminar 1B: Plasma, PCC & Cryoprecipitate (Dr. Jeannie Callum) 

Note that breaks are included throughout the day. See General Information Program Brochure document for detailed agenda. Depending on your location, the event may provide refreshments and lunch. See General Information Schedules and Locations document for information.


Please get ready for Transfusion Camp by reading these publications (typically posted 1 month prior to the live event).

  1. Baharoglu M, Cordonnier C, Salman RAS, de Gans K, Koopman MM, Brand A, et al. Platelet transfusion versus standard care after acute stroke due to spontaneous cerebral haemorrhage associated with antiplatelet therapy (PATCH): a randomized, open-label, phase 3 trial. Lancet. 2016 Jun 25;387(10038):2605-13.


  2. Carson JL, Guyatt G, Heddle NM, Grossman BJ, Cohn CS, Fung MK, et al. Clinical practice guidelines from the AABB: Red blood cell transfusion thresholds and storage. JAMA. 2016 Nov 15;316(19):2025-35.


  3. Kaufman RM, Djulbegovic B, Gernsheimer T, Kleinman S, Tinmouth AT, Capocelli KE, et al. Platelet transfusion: A clinical practice guideline from the AABB. Ann Intern Med. 2015 Feb 3;162(3):205-13.


  4. New HV, Berryman J, Bolton-Maggs PH, Cantwell C, Chalmers EA, Davies T, et al. Guidelines on transfusion for fetuses, neonates and older children. Br J Haematol. 2016 Dec;175(5):784-828.




Slides of lecture are posted prior to the live event (typically posted 1 week prior but often the night before). 

  1. Red Cell Transfusion (Dr. Jeannie Callum)


  2. Platelet Transfusion (Dr. Katerina Pavenski)


  3. Basic Blood Bank Testing (Dr. Yulia Lin)


  4. Neonatal & Pediatric Transfusion (Dr. Lani Lieberman)


  5. Plasma, PCC & Cryoprecipitate (Dr. Jeannie Callum)


Recordings of lectures are posted after the live event (typically posted within 2 weeks). To view the lectures on YouTube, open the video and click on the playlist icon in the top right-hand corner to select your lecture of interest.


Answers for the seminars are posted after the last group of trainees has completed the Transfusion Camp day (this may take several months after the live event).

Seminar 1A: RBC & Platelet Transfusion Cases



Seminar 1B: Plasma, PCC & Cryoprecipitat