While blood transfusions in Canada are generally very safe, some reactions can still occur after a transfusion. Chapter 10 in Canadian Blood Services’ Clinical Guide to Transfusionprovides health-care professionals with important information about recognizing, managing, and preventing these reactions.
A practical guide
In October, an all-new version of Chapter 10 was published on Canadian Blood Services’ professional education website (profedu.ca).
"We are truly excited to launch an update to our practical guide for transfusion reactions to labile blood components, which complements the excellent Bloody Easy resource published by the Ontario Regional Blood Coordinating Network,” says Dr. Aditi Khandelwal, Canadian Blood Services medical officer and co-editor for the Clinical Guide to Transfusion. "This content is designed as a practical and accessible approach to prevention and identification of transfusion reactions, with updated standardized definitions. Integrated are comparative tables and graphics that our medical trainee, prescribing physician, nursing and laboratory technologist colleagues may find useful." The updated chapter also includes a new section on informed consent and factors to consider prior to transfusion.
The chapter was authored by Dr. Marissa Laureano, a transfusion medicine physician at Trillium Health Partners, and Canadian Blood Services medical officers Dr. Matt Yan and Dr. Khandelwal.
The professional education website
Canadian Blood Services’ professional education website is a trusted resource hub for health-care professionals. One of its most popular resources is the Clinical Guide to Transfusion, a collection of chapters that provide a practical summary of current knowledge in transfusion medicine practices in Canada.
For participants of the Royal College of Physician and Surgeons of Canada Maintenance of Certification program, the reading of one Clinical Guide to Transfusionchapter is equivalent to two credits as a continuing professional development self-learning activity. For the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science’s Professional Enhancement program, medical laboratory technologists can also claim the reading of chapters as a non-verified learning activity.
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