Ramirez-Arcos, Sandra

Selected Publications

  1. Kou Y, Pagotto F, Hannach B,Ramirez-Arcos S: Fatal false-negative transfusion infection involving a buffy coat platelet pool contaminated with biofilm-positive Staphylococcus epidermidis: a case report. Transfusion 2015; doi: 10.1111/trf.13154. [Epub ahead of print].
  2. Ramirez-Arcos S, Alport T, Goldman M: Intermittent bacteremia detected in an asymptomatic apheresis platelet donor with repeat positive culture for Escherichia coli: a case report. Transfusion 2015; doi: 10.1111/trf.13218. [Epub ahead of print].
  3. Ramirez-Arcos S, Kou Y, Yang L, Perkins H, Taha M, Halpenny M, Elmoazzen H: Validation of sterility testing of cord blood: Challenges and results. Transfusion2015; 55:1985-1992.
  4. Ramirez-Arcos S, Kou Y, Perkins H: Evaluation of a universal point-of-issue assay for bacterial detection in buffy coat platelet components. Vox Sang 2014; 107:192-195.
  5. Pietersz RNI, Reesink HW, Panzer S, Oknaian S, Kuperman S, Gabriel C, Rapaille A, Lambermont M, Deneys V, Sondag D, Ramírez‐Arcos S, Goldman M, Delage G, Bernier F, Germain M, Vuk T, Georgsen J, Morel P, Naegelen C, Bardiaux L, Cazenave J‐P, Dreier J, Vollmer T, Knabbe C, Seifried E, Hourfar K, Lin CK, Spreafico M, Raffaele L, Berzuini A, Prati D, Satake M, de Korte D, Meer PF, Kerkhoffs JL, Blanco L, Kjeldsen‐Kragh J, Svard‐Nilsson A‐M, McDonald CP, Symonds I, Moule R, Brailsford S, Yomtovian R, Jacobs MR: Bacterial contamination in platelet concentrates. Vox Sang 2014; 106:256-283. (Invited publication).
  6. Ramirez-Arcos S, Perkins H, Kou Y, Mastronardi C, Kumaran D, Taha M, Yi Q, McLaughlin N, Kahwash E, Lin Y, Acker J: Bacterial growth in red blood cell units exposed to uncontrolled temperatures: challenging the 30-minute rule. Vox Sang 2013; 105:100-107 (Highlighted in the American Blood Centers Newsletter in February 2013; Received Vox Sanguinis Best Paper Prize 2013).
  7. Ramirez-Arcos S., Goldman M: Bacterial Contamination in “Practical Transfusion Medicine”. 5th edition, 2015, In press. (Invited publication).
  8. Ramirez-Arcos S, Cameron C: A Method for Detection of Staphylococcus Epidermidis. USPTO No. S8,673,566.
  9. Ramirez-Arcos S: ResearchUnit: Dodging disinfection: biofilm-forming skin bacteria can resist disinfectants. 2013 Blood.ca website

Selected Publications

  1. Ali H, Greco-Stewart VS, Jacobs MR, Yomtovian RA, Rood IG, de Korte D, Ramírez-Arcos SM: Characterization of the growth dynamics and biofilm formation of Staphylococcus epidermidis strains isolated from contaminated platelet units. J Med Microbiol 2014; 63:884-889.
  2. Taha M, Kalab M, Yi Q, Landry C, Greco‐Stewart V, Brassinga AK, Sifri CD, Ramirez‐Arcos S: Biofilm‐forming skin microflora bacteria are resistant to the bactericidal action of disinfectants used during blood donation. Transfusion 2014; 54:2974-2982.
  3. Kumaran D, Kalab M, Rood IG, de Korte D, Ramirez-Arcos S: Adhesion of anaerobic bacteria to platelet containers Vox Sang 2014; doi: 10.1111/vox.12141.
  4. Hodgson SD, Greco-Stewart V, Jimenez CS, Sifri CD, Brassinga AKC, Ramirez-Arcos S: Enhanced pathogenicity of biofilm-negative Staphylococcus epidermidisisolated from platelet preparations. Transfusion 2014; 54:461-70.
  5. Greco C, Zhang J, Kalab M, Yi Q-L, Ramirez-Arcos S, Gyongyossy-Issa M: Effect of platelet additive solution on bacterial dynamics and their influence on platelet quality in stored platelet concentrates. Transfusion 2010; 50:2344-52. (Highlighted in the Editorial of the November 2010 issue of Transfusion and the AABB SmartBrief News of November 11, 2010).
  6. Ramirez-Arcos S, Maurer E, Scott M: Prevention of bacterial biofilm formation in blood bags by the use of PEGylated blood products. USPTO No.  8,048,620.

Leadership Focus


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2014 - CurrentMember, Microbial Sampling and Testing, Bioburden subgroup, Organs and Tissues, Canadian Blood Services
2015Current Co-chair, Working Party - Bacteria subgroup; Transfusion Transmitted Infectious Diseases (TTID), International Society for Blood Transfusion
2013 - 2015Member, Working Party - Bacteria subgroup; Transfusion Transmitted Infectious Diseases (TTID), International Society for Blood Transfusion
20142014 Vox Sanguinis Best Paper Prize for the best original article published in Vox Sanguinis in 2013 awarded by the International Society of Blood Transfusion