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Transfusion Medicine

Shared Health’s Transfusion Medicine discipline is responsible for the creation and implementation of standard operating procedures for all blood bank and cross-match operations, development of utilization management strategies and implementation of new products/initiatives.

The discipline works collaboratively with external partners such as Canadian Blood Services (CBS), Manitoba Health, Regional Health Authorities and health care professionals to ensure best practices within the province.

In Winnipeg, Shared Health’s Transfusion Medicine services are limited to blood bank services as cross-matching is done by CBS. In rural areas and Brandon, Shared Health is responsible for both blood bank services and cross-matching. The discipline is responsible for overall education of clinical and laboratory staff in best practices and appropriate utilization.

Transfusion Manitoba

Transfusion Manitoba (formerly Best Blood Manitoba) is a web resource providing accessible and current information on blood for patients and health-care providers. Shared Health’s Diagnostic Services and our Transfusion Medicine team play an important role in this initiative, working with medical and nursing staff as well as Canadian Blood Services. The Transfusion Manitoba initiative supports ensuring rational and safe transfusion practices for all Manitobans.

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