I met with an Apheresis Nurse Lorraine, Dr. Klassen and Dr. Duggan at the Foothills Medical Centre in Calgary. The Apheresis department is equipped with 4 Apheresis machines used for various treatments including TTP. So far in 2011 the Apheresis department at Foothills has treated 5 TTP patients, which was indicated to be off to a busier start than previous years.
Like the other 18 or so Canadian Apheresis treatment centres, all Apheresis treatments are recorded and submitted to the Canadian Apheresis Group, CAG, for consolidation of statistics. The CAG is chaired by Dr. Rock and includes members from about 40 Apheresis units in the 19 major medical centers in Canada. Moreover, the CAG promotes international communication of best practices and ideas through its relationships with the World Apheresis Association. Answering TTP Foundation is thrilled that we have been asked to attend this year's meeting, in April 2011, to provide information regarding our newly formed, nationally structured, and purely volunteer patient organization.
I am happy to write that the medical staff in Calgary have decided to hand out the new patient brochure. They agree that providing educative materials and the ability to connect with other TTP patients is valuable.
|Dr. Klassen & Dr. Duggan|
Another interesting and successful stop for the Answering TTP Roadshow west.