Sandra Ramirez-Arcos

Summary

Affiliation: Canadian Blood Services
Country: Canada

Publications

  1. doi request reprint Evaluation of the BacT/ALERT 3D system for the implementation of in-house quality control sterility testing at Canadian Blood Services
    Cherie Mastronardi
    Canadian Blood Services, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
    Clin Chem Lab Med 48:1179-87. 2010
  2. ncbi request reprint Evaluation of pooled cultures for bacterial detection in whole blood-derived platelets
    Sandra Ramirez-Arcos
    Infectious Diseases and Donor and Transplantation Services, Canadian Blood Services, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
    Transfusion 45:1275-9. 2005
  3. ncbi request reprint Canadian experience with detection of bacterial contamination in apheresis platelets
    Sandra Ramirez-Arcos
    Canadian Blood Services, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
    Transfusion 47:421-9. 2007
  4. ncbi request reprint Quantitative PCR for detection and discrimination of the bloodborne pathogen Staphylococcus epidermidis in platelet preparations using divIVA and icaA as target genes
    Cherie Cameron Mastronardi
    Canadian Blood Services, 1800 Alta Vista Drive, Ottawa, ON K1G 4J5, Canada
    Can J Microbiol 53:1222-31. 2007
  5. doi request reprint Evaluation of the sterility testing process of hematopoietic stem cells at Canadian Blood Services
    Cherie Mastronardi
    From Canadian Blood Services and The Ottawa Hospital, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
    Transfusion 52:1778-84. 2012
  6. doi request reprint Bacterial contamination in platelets: incremental improvements drive down but do not eliminate risk
    Craig Jenkins
    Canadian Blood Services, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
    Transfusion 51:2555-65. 2011
  7. ncbi request reprint Staphylococcus epidermidis forms biofilms under simulated platelet storage conditions
    Carey Greco
    Canadian Blood Services, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
    Transfusion 47:1143-53. 2007
  8. doi request reprint Evaluating the 4-hour and 30-minute rules: effects of room temperature exposure on red blood cell quality and bacterial growth
    Sandra Ramirez-Arcos
    Canadian Blood Services, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
    Transfusion 53:851-9. 2013
  9. doi request reprint Bacterial screening of outdated buffy coat platelet pools using a culture system and a rapid immunoassay
    Sandra Ramirez-Arcos
    Canadian Blood Services, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
    Transfusion 51:2566-72. 2011
  10. doi request reprint Validation and implementation of a new hemoglobinometer for donor screening at Canadian Blood Services
    Mindy Goldman
    Donor and Transplantation Services, Canadian Blood Services, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
    Transfusion 52:1607-13. 2012

Collaborators

  • Mindy Goldman
  • Eiad Kahwash
  • Jo Anne R Dillon
  • Dana V Devine
  • Cherie Mastronardi
  • Carey Greco
  • Craig Jenkins
  • Valerie S Greco-Stewart
  • William P Sheffield
  • Cherie Cameron Mastronardi
  • M Kalab
  • Dirk de Korte
  • Ineke G H Rood
  • Hamza Ali
  • Dilini Kumaran
  • Lin Yang
  • Varsha Bhakta
  • Baldwin Toye
  • Mike Halpenny
  • David Howe
  • Michael denAdmirant
  • Heather Perkins
  • Paul Derksen
  • Dietrich Mack
  • Franco Pagotto
  • Ann Fook Yang
  • Arjeta Gusinjac
  • Irene Martincic
  • Miloslav Kalab

Detail Information

Publications15

  1. doi request reprint Evaluation of the BacT/ALERT 3D system for the implementation of in-house quality control sterility testing at Canadian Blood Services
    Cherie Mastronardi
    Canadian Blood Services, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
    Clin Chem Lab Med 48:1179-87. 2010
    ..A standardized process will allow CBS to evaluate and compare blood collection and manufacturing practices across the country...
  2. ncbi request reprint Evaluation of pooled cultures for bacterial detection in whole blood-derived platelets
    Sandra Ramirez-Arcos
    Infectious Diseases and Donor and Transplantation Services, Canadian Blood Services, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
    Transfusion 45:1275-9. 2005
    ..In this study, the sensitivity and specificity of BacT/ALERT cultures performed on pools derived from PRP PLTs are reported...
  3. ncbi request reprint Canadian experience with detection of bacterial contamination in apheresis platelets
    Sandra Ramirez-Arcos
    Canadian Blood Services, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
    Transfusion 47:421-9. 2007
    ..In Canada, both blood suppliers, Héma-Québec (HQ) and Canadian Blood Services (CBS), implemented bacterial testing in apheresis platelets (PLTs) with an automated microbial detection system (BacT/ALERT, bioMérieux)...
  4. ncbi request reprint Quantitative PCR for detection and discrimination of the bloodborne pathogen Staphylococcus epidermidis in platelet preparations using divIVA and icaA as target genes
    Cherie Cameron Mastronardi
    Canadian Blood Services, 1800 Alta Vista Drive, Ottawa, ON K1G 4J5, Canada
    Can J Microbiol 53:1222-31. 2007
    ..The specificity of this assay was confirmed, as other staphylococcal species that were tested with the optimized parameters were not detected. This QPCR assay could be adaptable for the detection of other bloodborne bacterial pathogens...
  5. doi request reprint Evaluation of the sterility testing process of hematopoietic stem cells at Canadian Blood Services
    Cherie Mastronardi
    From Canadian Blood Services and The Ottawa Hospital, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
    Transfusion 52:1778-84. 2012
    ..This study was conducted to verify the efficacy of this method and to assess the use of the BacT/ALERT aerobic (BPA) and anaerobic (BPN) culture bottles for microbial testing of HSCs...
  6. doi request reprint Bacterial contamination in platelets: incremental improvements drive down but do not eliminate risk
    Craig Jenkins
    Canadian Blood Services, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
    Transfusion 51:2555-65. 2011
    ..This system has been validated and implemented and continuous monitoring of culture rates allows gathering of data regarding true and false positives as well as false negatives...
  7. ncbi request reprint Staphylococcus epidermidis forms biofilms under simulated platelet storage conditions
    Carey Greco
    Canadian Blood Services, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
    Transfusion 47:1143-53. 2007
    ..This study aims to establish biofilm formation (BF) as a mode of growth by S. epidermidis in PLT preparations...
  8. doi request reprint Evaluating the 4-hour and 30-minute rules: effects of room temperature exposure on red blood cell quality and bacterial growth
    Sandra Ramirez-Arcos
    Canadian Blood Services, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
    Transfusion 53:851-9. 2013
    ..This study was aimed at determining if single or multiple RT exposures affect RBC quality and/or promote bacterial growth...
  9. doi request reprint Bacterial screening of outdated buffy coat platelet pools using a culture system and a rapid immunoassay
    Sandra Ramirez-Arcos
    Canadian Blood Services, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
    Transfusion 51:2566-72. 2011
    ..This study aimed to determine the rate of detection failures during initial platelet (PLT) screening and evaluate the introduction of anaerobic cultures and immunoassay testing to assess the safety of extending PLT storage beyond 5 days...
  10. doi request reprint Validation and implementation of a new hemoglobinometer for donor screening at Canadian Blood Services
    Mindy Goldman
    Donor and Transplantation Services, Canadian Blood Services, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
    Transfusion 52:1607-13. 2012
    ..Hemoglobin (Hgb) determination is an essential part of donor qualification. We assessed and implemented a new spectrophotometer for donor Hgb determination...
  11. doi request reprint Skin disinfection methods: prospective evaluation and postimplementation results
    Sandra Ramirez-Arcos
    Canadian Blood Services, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
    Transfusion 50:59-64. 2010
    ..Optimal skin disinfection ensures blood safety. In this study, efficacies of the two-step skin disinfection methods used at Canadian Blood Services (CBS) and two one-step methods produced by different manufacturers were compared...
  12. doi request reprint Changes in coagulation factor activity and content of di(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate in frozen plasma units during refrigerated storage for up to five days after thawing
    William P Sheffield
    Research and Development and Product and Hospital Services, Canadian Blood Services, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
    Transfusion 52:493-502. 2012
    ..We measured coagulation factor activity and di(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate (DEHP) concentration in frozen plasma (FP) thawed and stored at 1 to 6°C for up to 5 days...
  13. doi request reprint Biofilm formation by Staphylococcus capitis strains isolated from contaminated platelet concentrates
    Valerie S Greco-Stewart
    Canadian Blood Services, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
    J Med Microbiol 62:1051-9. 2013
    ..capitis in the absence of extracellular polysaccharide production and that multiple bacterial factors and regulatory elements are likely involved in biofilm formation in this milieu...
  14. ncbi request reprint Conservation of dynamic localization among MinD and MinE orthologues: oscillation of Neisseria gonorrhoeae proteins in Escherichia coli
    Sandra Ramirez-Arcos
    Department of Biochemistry, Microbiology and Immunology, Ottawa, ON, Canada
    Mol Microbiol 46:493-504. 2002
    ..Finally, in round E. coli cells, GFP-MinDNg appeared to move in a plane parallel to completed septa. This pattern of movement is predicted to be similar in gonococcal cells, which also divide in alternating perpendicular planes...
  15. doi request reprint Assessment of biofilm-forming ability of coagulase-negative staphylococci isolated from contaminated platelet preparations in Canada
    Carey Greco
    Canadian Blood Services, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
    Transfusion 48:969-77. 2008
    ..The most frequently identified contaminant is Staphylococcus epidermidis, which is noted for its ability to maintain chronic hospital-acquired infections by forming biofilms as a chief virulence mechanism...