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Blood Transfusion: Overview of Blood Transfusion

Blood Transfusion: Overview of Blood Transfusion

Transfusions occur in a variety of settings; outpatient, emergency room, OR, pediatrics, adult, urban and rural. No matter what the setting, each transfusion is alike in that there are risks and it should not be entered into lightly. A transfusion is considered a liquid transplant.

In this module, the principles of transfusion will be addressed through the presentation of a case study.

After completing this module, you will be able to:

  1. Outline the structure, function, and regulation of the Canadian blood system.
  2. List the common indications for blood component transfusion.
  3. Recognize available alternatives to transfusion.
  4. Describe the physician responsibilities for transfusion. (inc. informed consent, risks benefits, and writing a proper order)

This continuing professional development (CPD) program has been designed to consider the following roles as defined by the CanMEDS Physician Competency Framework:

  • Medical Expert
  • Communicator
  • Collaborator
  • Health Advocate

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Blood Transfusion: Overview of Blood Transfusion

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Expiry Date

This course expires on
Wednesday, January 1, 2025

Subject  Matter Experts:
  • Lucinda Whitman MD FRCPC
  • Daphne Osborne RN MN PANC(C)
  • Gail Bartlett BN RN CMSN(C)
  • Melissa Leonard BTech MLT

Planning Committee:
  • Mohamed Ravalia MD CCFP FCFP
  • Joy Tilley MD CCFP
  • Rebecca Powell MD CCFP
  • Karl Misik MD
  • Charlene Downey RN BN MN CON(c)
  • Lucinda Whitman MD FRCPC