Red blood cells make up 40 to 45% of your blood.  Their main role is to carry oxygen and to deliver it to the various parts of the body and return carbon dioxide to the lungs for removal.  The Canadian Blood Services collects and prepares red cell concentrates for transfusion in Canada.

The Transfusion Medicine Advisory Group (TMAG) has developed the following recommendations related to RBC transfusion:


Recommendations for RBC Transfusion

June 2014

Irradiation of Blood Components - Section 6.2 of the TM Medical Policy Manual

Note: this section is under review to align with the most recent NAC Recommendations

 March 2015

Job Aid: Interpretation of D and Weak D Exam Results

June 2018