Join CSMLS online for a virtual symposium focused on Transfusion Science featuring subject matter experts from across the country broadcast to you virtually. Earn continuing education hours without having to worry about travel.
Share your stories and learn best practices from your transfusion science peers in a virtual environment.
Facilitated by CSMLS, this open dialogue style allows you to connect with other participants.
More details to follow.
The Canadian Armed Forces are often deployed to austere environments around the world where resupply is difficult. In the event of massive transfusion or massive casualties, blood products may be exhausted quickly with resupply hours away, if ever at all. A Walking Blood Bank (WBB) is the donation of fresh whole blood specifically for a patient from a pre-screened donor and used during these extreme conditions. This lecture will discuss the history of whole blood, current use of low titre O whole blood, ROTEM and experiences in the activation of a WBB during Operation IMPACT in Erbil, Iraq.
WO Jeff Scott is a medical laboratory technologist who joined the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) in 2011 and is currently posted to Canadian Forces Health Services Head Quarters in Ottawa, ON. In his career, he has been tasked to Mongolia with the Alaska Air National Guard in 2014, deployed on Op SIRONA in Sierra Leone during the Ebola epidemic in 2015 and Op IMPACT to combat ISIS in Erbil, Iraq in 2016-17. Before joining the CAF, he obtained his BSc in Molecular Genetics and an MLT diploma. WO Scott has two children, Elsie and Ethan, with his wife Samantha.
Around the globe, the use of and demand for plasma protein products, Immune Globulin (Ig) in particular, continues to rise. In Canada, usage of Ig has increased by 111 per cent in the last ten years. Currently our Canadian source plasma sufficiency (the amount of plasma supply available for the production of Ig, collected in Canada) sits at about 13 per cent. Canada needs to collect more plasma for Ig. This presentation will highlight our country’s dependence on foreign source plasma and Canadian Blood Services path to increasing our collections for Canadian patients.
Canada’s national blood system is funded by the provinces and territories to provide blood components and products to hospitals free of charge. The cost of this continues to increase each year. Provincial agencies are becoming more fiscally aware of these costs and are introducing mitigating strategies to ensure these costs are sustainable. Technologists play a key role in promoting and engaging in best practices in inventory management (reviewing, reducing and redistributing) to ensure that blood inventory meets the needs of their hospitals, patient populations and workloads.
Jillian is the Associate Director of Plasma Operations at CBS where she is focused onoptimizing plasma collections and opening test-and-learn donation centres in three provinces. Over the last 13 years she has held several senior positions in the organ donation and stem cell programs. In this capacity Jillian served as the critical link between Canadian Blood Services and provincial donation and transplant programs. Jillian is a former broadcaster with the CBC and holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honors) in International Development and Political Science from the University of Kings’ College, as well as a Post-Baccalaureate Bachelor of Journalism, also from the University of King’s College.
Share your stories and learn best practices from your transfusion science peers in a virtual environment. Facilitated by CSMLS, this open dialogue style allows you to connect with other participants. More details to follow.
In this session we will discus what convalescent plasma treatment is, the existing evidence and rationale for its use, as well as the history of the use of this blood product as a treatment for various viral pathogens. We will discuss how research through international clinical trials is informing our understanding of the efficacy of using convalescent plasma to treat patients sick with COVID-19. Finally, we will discuss donor centre activities regarding donor recruitment and collection of COVID-19 convalescent plasma, a precious resource given altruistically by donors recovered from COVID-19.
Terrie is a Medical Services Registered Nurse at Canadian Blood Services. She is also a nurse researcher and student at the University of Western Ontario, completing a Master’s of Science in Nursing degree, with a focus in Leadership in Health Services Delivery. Terrie’s research interests include understanding and enhancing blood donor well-being especially for marginalized groups of individuals. She is also interested in altruistic blood donor behaviour and how this applies to plasma donation specifically. Terrie is also a grateful blood recipient and will hold the hand of anyone so kind as to donate blood.
During this session we will outline the development and implementation of restrictive transfusion practice and highlight the challenges and rewards of this transfusion stewardship initiative.
Arjuna Ponnampalam is a haematologist and transfusion medicine specialist in Manitoba. He is an assistant professor with the University of Manitoba and is involved in teaching, research, administrative and clinical duties within the transfusion community in Manitoba and nationally.
Khalid Zeid is a 2nd year Internal Medicine resident at the University of Manitoba who is keenly interested in quality improvement /implementation science in medicine, and is a member of the working group for the RBC utilization project.
Tracy Cameron graduated from the MLT Program at Canadore College in North Bay in 1995. She worked for a private lab for 3 years before taking a position at Canadian Blood Services (1998 to 2006). In 2006 she joined the Ontario Regional Blood Coordinating Network (ORBCoN ) as a project coordinator.
Alison Wendt graduated from the MLT Program at St. Lawrence College in Kingston Ontario in 1985. She worked in Transfusion Medicine at St. Michael’s Hospital for 2 years and began working in Transfusion Medicine/Hematology/Coagulation and then specifically Transfusion Medicine at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in 1987. Alison Joined the ORBCoN team in 2015 as a project coordinator.
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