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April 22
TraQ April Newsletter (Transfusion Quality Management Program Canada) and latest BLOG I heard it through the grapevine (Musings on paid plasma's PR campaign) in On Traq.

January 11
Launch of Online Database Showcasing Best Practice for Blood Transfusion - The Transfusion Evidence Library - a unique, online database providing centralized, high quality, evidence-based information for transfusion medicine – has been launched by the UK NHS Blood and Transplant, supported by the three other UK blood services. (SelectScience®)

December 16
Expert meeting "Severe bleeding: from basics to practice" Presentations from event held Nov. 28, 2013 (Belgian Health Council)

December 11
Now Available in ENGLISH Review: Acceptance of HFE haemochromatosis gene mutation carriers as blood donors. Notice No. 8672 from Belgian Superior Health.

May 29
Government response: Measures currently in place in the UK to reduce the potential risk of vCJD transmission via blood (UK Govt)


CBBS 59th Annual Meeting, Lake Tahoe, April 30-May 3, 2014

ASQ 23rd Annual Service Quality Conference. San Francisco, Sept.22-23, 2014.


American Red Cross

The CBBS Website is supported in part by American Red Cross.

In this new publication, A Compendium of Transfusion Practice Guidelines, American Red Cross Medical Directors offer an updated compilation of peer-reviewed literature covering the utilization of red blood cells, platelets, plasma, and cryoprecipitated-AHF, as well as the role of transfusion committees and the side effects and hazards of blood transfusion.

NEW: The shift to predominantly male plasma has resulted in a significant reduction in the number of reported TRALI fatalities. As many as six deaths a year might have been prevented by limiting transfusion of WBC antibody–containing plasma components.. Read the full article.

Additional Resources: Visit this link for more information and available resources.

March 10
More cases of chikungunya virus reported in the Caribbean (Jamaica Observer, Mar. 2, 2014)

Expert says chikungunya likely to keep spreading (Univ. of Minnesota Center for Infectious Disease Rearch and Policy, Dev 18, 2014)

CDC Traveler's Health Notice: Watch Level 1- Chikungunya in the Caribbean (Feb. 27, 2014) Also see: Fact Sheet (Dec. 2013)

World Health Organization Global Alert and Response: MERS-CoV summary updates (last update Jan. 20, 2014)

December 16
Epidemiological update: Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) (European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, Nov. 25, 2013)

December 4
New HIV Strain May Move to AIDS More Quickly: Study Researchers say period from infection to disease takes about 5 years (Health Day) Also see Ahead of Print Article: Palm AA, et al. Faster Progression to AIDS and AIDS-Related Death Among Seroincident Individuals Infected With Recombinant HIV-1 A3/CRF02_AG Compared With Sub-subtype A3. J Infect Dis. (2013).

December 2
FDA News Release
: FDA approves first adjuvanted vaccine for prevention of H5N1 avian influenza - Vaccine to supplement National Stockpile, not intended for commercial availability (Nov. 22, 2013)



2014 Annual  MeetingEarly Registration is now closed for the
Annual Meeting in Lake Tahoe
Apr 30-May 3, 2014
. Onsite registration will be available!

The Spring 2014 Edition of CBBS Today is now published!

Regional Seminar Handouts


For those that attended this past years' seminawr(s), click HERE to access the login for available handouts.

Early discounted registration is now closed for the 2014 Annual Meeting. Only onsite registration is available and is subject to full fees.

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BSRI and BCP Annouce Establishment of the Herb Perkins Transfusion Medicine Fellowship Endowment (Dec. 17, 2013)

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