LearnTransfusion Series

Journal Club: Wrong blood in tube errors and electronic identification

9 avril, 2019 | 12:00 - 13:00 (EDT)


Presented by:

Dr. Pierre-Aurèle Morin
Transfusion Medicine Physician Trainee
McMaster University


1.  Review the importance of errors in transfusion medicine, including WBIT.
2.  Discuss strategies to decrease errors in specimen identification.
3.  Appraise an article on the impact of electronic identification on WBIT.


1.  Electronic patient identification for sample labeling reduces wrong blood in tube errors.  Kaufman RM, Dinh A, Cohn CS, Fung MK, Gorlin J, Melanson S, Murphy MF, Ziman A, Elahie AL, Chasse D, Degree L, Dunbar NM, Dzik WH, Flanagan P, Gabert K, Ipe TS, Jackson B, Lane D, Raspollini E, Ray C, Sharon Y, Ellis M, Selleng K, Staves J, Yu P, Zeller M, Yazer M; BEST Collaborative. Transfusion. 2019 Mar;59(3):972-980. doi: 10.1111/trf.15102. Epub 2018 Dec 14. PMID: 30549289.

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.