More is not always better!

Wednesday, March 30, 2016 Jenny Ryan

The 11th Annual Transfusion Medicine Education Videoconference Symposium takes place April 13, 2016. Registration is still open.

Canadian Blood Services and ORBCON team up

For 10 years, Canadian Blood Services and Ontario Regional Blood Coordinating Network (ORBCoN) have partnered to offer an annual educational event to develop the transfusion skills of professionals working in community hospitals with the goal of improving patient outcomes.



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“A popular event every year, this year’s symposium won’t disappoint. It features a great line up of expert speakers, and will give attendees insights into the latest transfusion practice trends to inform transfusion decisions at their local hospitals,” says Dr. Peter Lesley, Canadian Blood Services medical officer and co-chair of the symposium organizing committee.


The event is ideal for healthcare professionals who order, issue or transfuse blood and blood products and those interested in further developing their transfusion skills. It's a FREE Continuing Medical Education accredited (three credits!) event and is presented in two repeating sessions: one morning and one afternoon.


 “Through these partnered educational events, Canadian Blood Services and ORBCoN promote best transfusion practices to over 800 health care professionals every year,” says Dr. Lesley. “This year, Choosing Wisely Canada recommendations are the focus and will provide valuable insight and tools for professionals.”

Program features:

  • Update and progress of Choosing Wisely Canada
    Speaker: Dr. Wendy Levinson MD OC

  • Choosing Wisely Canada Transfusion Medicine Recommendations: What do they mean  and where did they come from?  
    Speaker: Dr. Allison Collins MD FRCPC

  • Managing peri‐operative patient laboratory testing and blood component therapy using Choosing Wisely Canada recommendations
    Speaker:   Dr. Sylvain Gagné MD FRCPC

  • Adopting Choosing Wisely recommendations as a cross‐discipline hospital initiative
    Speaker: Dr. Lisa Hicks MD MSc FRCPC  

More is not always better!

Choosing Wisely Canada is a campaign to help clinicians and patients engage in conversations about unnecessary tests and treatments and make smart and effective choices to ensure high-quality care.

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Register before it's too late

Find out all about why "more is not always better" at the 11th Annual Transfusion Medicine Education Videoconference Symposium on April 13, 2016. This event is hosted by the Brockville General Hospital and presented through the Ontario Telehealth Network.

Group viewing sessions have been organized at The Ottawa Hospital, Brockville General Hospital and Kingston General Hospital, but anyone may register to view online.  Visit the ORBCoN website for more information.

OTN Registration:  Morning session: TSM # 50192883       Afternoon session: TSM # 50194915







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