LearnTransfusion Series

Topic Teaching: Best Practices in Providing Culturally Competent Care for Trans Blood Donors. Does Blood Donation Effectively Reduce Hemoglobin for Donors Taking Testosterone?

8 janvier, 2019 | 12:00 - 13:00 (EDT)



Dr. Ian Chin-Yee
Chief/Chair of the Division of Hematology, Department of Medicine
University of Western Ontario
Medical Officer, Medical Services - East
Canadian Blood Services

Mrs.Terrie Butler-Foster
Medical Services Registered Nurse
Medical Services - East
Canadian Blood Services


1.  To discuss terminology, best practices in culturally competent care provision for Trans individuals, and current research.
2.  To highlight past and present activities at Canadian Blood Services to encourage diversity and inclusion and support provision of culturally competent care to Trans donors.
3.  To discuss research findings from our study of the effect of blood donation on donors taking testosterone.
4.  To highlight the current guidelines for managing erythrocytosis in patients taking testerone.


1.  Diagnosis and management of testerone deficiency syndrome in men: clinical practice guideline.  Morales A, Bebb RA, Manjoo P, Assimakopoulos P, Axler J, Collier C, Elliott S, Goldenberg L, Gottesman I, Grober ED, Guyatt GH, Holmes DT, Lee JC; Canadian Men's Health Foundation Multidisciplinary Guidelines Task Force on Testosterone Deficiency. CMAJ. 2015 Dec 8; 187(18):1369-77. doi: 10.1503/cmaj. 150033. Epub 2015 Oct 26. Review. No abstract available. PMID: 26504097.

2.  Blood donation and testosterone replacement therapy.  Chin-Yee B, Lazo-Langner A, Butler-Foster T, Hsia C, Chin-Yee I. Transfusion. 2017 Mar; 57(3):578-581. doi: 10.1111/trf.13970. Epub 2017 Feb 1. PMID: 28150363.

3.  Blood Donor Deferral During an Eight-Year Period in Zlatibor Region Western Serbia.  M Perisic-Bozic, D Djenadic, Vox Sanguinis (2018) 113 (Suppl. 1), 5-34. doi.org 10.1111/vox. 126587  ISBT June 2018.

4.  Consultations with Trans and Gender NonBinary Communities - 2016 Summary Report. [Internet].  Ottawa: Canadian Blood Services; 2017 Mar[cited 2018 Jan 1].  Available from https://www.blood.ca/sites/default/files/Consultation Report May2017.pdf 

5.  Persons of Nonbinary Gender - Awareness,  Visibility, and Health Disparities.  Liszewski W, Peebles JK, Yeung H, Arron S.  N Engl J Med. 2018 Dec 20; 379(25):2391-2393. doi: 10.1056/NEJMp1812005. No abstract available.  PMID: 30575476.


Note:  The session is a self-approved group learning activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certificate 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.