American Association of Transfusion Nurse Specialists (TNS) and Transfusion Safety Officers (TSO)
Recommended Websites
Recommended Websites

Nurses and physicians receive an average of 1-1/2 hours of transfusion medicine in college and medical school.  Therefore, it is important to know where to locate information.  Here is a list of resourceful websites.

National Organizations

American Association of Blood Banks

The AABB website delivers up-to-date information in blood banking and transfusion medicine.

America's Blood Centers

America's Blood Centers (ABC) is the international network of local, non-profit, community blood centers.  It's website offers medical expertise, customer service and a community-first blood banking philosophy. 

California Blood Bank Society

CBBS supports everyone involved in Transfusion Medicine by providing continuing education, strengthening professional relationships, responding to regional issues and encouraging collaborative efforts.

Current Issues in Transfusion Medicine

Current Issues in Transfusion Medicine is a newsletter written by physicians for physicians who deal with acquiring, preparing, and delivering transfused blood and blood products to patients. The newsletter is published triannually by the Section of Transfusion Medicine and Laboratory Immunology at The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center.

Red Gold

This website discusses the history of blood.

International Organizations

Canada's Transfusion Safety Officers (TSOs)

Canada's TSOs website was developed by an informal group of professionals that includes approximately 60 people who are transfusion safety officers (both nurses and medical technologists) and many others who work in transfusion medicine in Canada (lab managers, conservation nurses, quality assurance technologists, educators, etc.)
The TSO mailing list ("transfusion") is currently open only to Canadians.

Canadian Society for Transfusion Medicine

CSTM (Canadian Society for Transfusion Medicine) is the voice for Canada's transfusion community.

International Federation of Biomedical Laboratory Science

The International Federation of Biomedical Laboratory Science (IFBLS), formerly the International Association of Medical Laboratory Technologists (IAMLT), is an international professional organization, which consists of associations of medical laboratory technologists/scientists from approximately 35 countries. All members of associations belonging to the IFBLS are automatically members of the IFBLS.  

The Serious Hazards of Transfusion (SHOT)

The Serious Hazards of Transfusion (SHOT) Scheme collects data on serious sequelae of transfusion of blood components.  Through the participating bodies, the information obtained contributes to: improving the safety of the transfusion process; informing policy within the Transfusion Services; improving standards of hospital transfusion practice; aiding production of clinical guidelines for the use of blood components.

Transfusion Quality Management (TraQ) Program

The TraQ program (headquartered in British Columbia but with an international focus) specializes in sharing downloadable resources and features technical and nursing manuals, international and industry news, regulatory updates, and continuing education. To get access to some of the resources you need to register (it's free). Most of the downloadable goodies are in Club TraQ's Resource Library.

Additional Websites

Pat Letendre's Homepage

For medical laboratory professionals worldwide & MLS students at University of the Alberta

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