- USA: Researchers study equine blood transfusions (25 Feb. 2015) | Fascinating
- Detecting autologous blood doping with biomarkers (16 Feb. 2015) | Interview with scientist from Swiss lab
- Meetings (Spring/Summer)
- Canada: CSTM 2015: Preliminary Scientific Program (Winnipeg, May 21-24, 2015)
- Australia: 2015 National Blood Symposium: Showcasing Excellence – Standard 7, Blood and Blood Products (June 11-12, 2015, Brisbane)
- UK: 2015 SHOT Symposium (London, June 27, 2015) | Part of ISBT/BBTS conference (London June 27-July 1, 2015)
- NEW TM blog: I will remember you (Musing on retiring TM professionals and their patients)
- CSTM 2015 Preliminary Scientific Program (Winnipeg, May 21-24, 2015)
- Héma-Québec seeks plasma donors to reduce dependency on U.S. (26 Jan. 2015)
- H-Q spends $50M annually to import 85% of province's plasma needs
- Currently, H-Q has 4 plasma centres, with 5th to open in June
- CBS Regina component production lab to close in 4-5 years, as production moves to Calgary (25 Feb. 2015)
- Regina and Saskatoon to get new donor clinics
- Ross River virus spread by donor blood
- Australian woman first known person infected with Ross River virus from blood transfusion, not mosquito bite
- Hoad VC, Speers DJ, Keller AJ, Dowse GK, Seed CR, Lindsay MD, Faddy HM, Pink J. First reported case of transfusion-transmitted Ross River virus infection. Med J Aust. 2015 Mar 16;202(5):267-9. (Full free text)
- Ross River Virus (Canada's PHAC)
- Berry eaters 'safe to donate blood' (19 Feb. 2015)
- Australia's LGBTI community recalls events of 1984-85 that created a perfect media storm involving homosexuality and AIDS (4 Feb. 2015)
- National Blood Symposium 2015 (June 11-12, Brisbane)
- 'Blood famine' drives patients to black market (16 Feb. 2015)
- Hong Kong: Risks of being Rh negative ex-pat in Hong Kong (17 Feb. 2015)
- Ban on blood donations by those who spent a year in N. Ireland and UK (1980-1996) to be reviewed (2 Feb. 2015)
- Health system faces severe shortage of medical laboratory workers (24 Feb. 2015) | Factors include ageing workforce plus low wages similar to hospital orderlies
- Audit shows patients died without blood because they failed to pay laboratory pretransfusion screening fees (19 Feb 2015)
- 2015 SHOT Symposium (London, June 27, 2015)
- Part of ISBT/BBTS conference (London June 27-July 1, 2015)
- Scotland: Infected with hepatitis C via transfusion, woman charts her journey back to life (14 Mar. 2015) | Excellent account of coping with HCV
- Final Penrose Inquiry Report into Scotland's HCV tragedy due 25 Mar. 2015
- Children with blood disorders tour path labs (haem, biochem, transfusion) (10 Mar. 2015)
- Wonderful initiative known as 'Harvey's Gang'
- vCJD still menaces blood supply (15 Feb. 2015)
- Will FDA finally make safe nation's blood supply by mandating secondary platelet testing for bacteria? (17 Mar. 2015)
- Blood distribution undergoes major competitive change with online blood marketplace (16 Mar. 2015)
- BiologicsDirect allows hospitals to order blood products from any listing blood center in USA
- The case for compensating kidney donors (12 Mar. 2015)
- Human organ trafficking flourishes
- Haemonetics and CSL Plasma announce long-term plasma collection software agreement (5 Mar. 2015)
- Software will be used in CSL's 100 plasma donation centers across USA and Germany
- Pharma firms violate marketing regulations every week, claims study (18 Feb. 2015)
- UK and Swedish firms said to act unethically more than once a week
- HCV: See UK (Scotland) above
- vCJD: See Ireland and UK above
- * Barty RL, Gagliardi K, Owens W, Lauzon D, Scheuermann S, Liu Y, Wang G, Pai M, Heddle NM. A benchmarking program to reduce red blood cell outdating: implementation, evaluation, and a conceptual framework. Transfusion. 2015 Mar 16. [Epub ahead of print]
- Frati P, Busardò FP, Di Stefano MA, Neri M, Sessa F, Fineschi V. A fatal case of post-transfusion sepsis caused by Yersinia enterocolitica after delivery. Blood Transfus. 2015 Jan 26:1-4. [Epub ahead of print]
- Gehrie EA, Tormey CA. The influence of clinical and biological factors on transfusion-associated non-ABO antigen alloimmunization: responders, hyper-responders, and non-responders. Transfus Med Hemother. 2014 Nov;41(6):420-9. Epub 2014 Nov 17.
- Hoad VC, Speers DJ, Keller AJ, Dowse GK, Seed CR, Lindsay MD, Faddy HM, Pink J. First reported case of transfusion-transmitted Ross River virus infection. Med J Aust. 2015 Mar 16;202(5):267-9.
- Metcalfe CW, Jayatilaka ML, Cope MR. Is a preoperative group and save necessary for enhanced recovery joint replacement patients? Br J Hosp Med (Lond). 2014 Dec.
- Pereira P, Westgard JO, Encarnação P, Seghatchian J, de Sousa G. The role of uncertainty regarding the results of screening immunoassays in blood establishments. Transfus Apher Sci. 2015 Feb 14. pii: S1473-0502(15)00026-9.
- Vidler JB, Gardner K, Amenyah K, Mijovic A, Thein SL. Delayed haemolytic transfusion reaction in adults with sickle cell disease: a 5-year experience. Br J Haematol. 2015 Mar 5. [Epub ahead of print]
- Wennersten P, Sutor LJ. A case of masquerading alloantibodies: the value of a multitechnique approach. Immunohematology. 2014;30(3):117-20.
- Zimring JC, Spitalnik SL. Pathobiology of transfusion reactions. Annu Rev Pathol. 2015 Jan 24;10:83-110.
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Diseases in the news
Updated: TM Medical Policy Manual Table of Contents (March 2015)
6.2 Indications for Irradiation of Blood Components (Revised 2015-03-06)
NAC: National Advisory Committee on Blood & Blood Products: Guidelines & Recommendations
Thrombosis Canada: Clinical Guidelines
NEW TM blog: I will remember you (Musing on retiring TM professionals and their patients)
@transfusionnews (TraQ webmaster's personal Twitter account)
Older resources (BC PBCO)
BC Serology Interest Group: Passing the Serology Torch videos (11 videos ranging from~20 to 60 mins.
BC PBCO and BC TRG: Transfusion Bits and Bytes (6 educational videos for med lab technologists)
Mobile web apps: BMI (Body Mass Index) Calculator and IVIG Dosing Calculator (For Android, Blackberry, iPhone)
Journals, etc.Free full text papers | * 1 or more Canadian authors