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Transfusion Medicine

Laboratory Components

Transfusion medicine includes:

  • Blood crossmatching and preparation of blood components.
  • Donor room for collection of whole blood and platelets.
  • Histocompatibility laboratory to support the hospital's transplantation services.
  • Active transfusion medicine consultation service to evaluate patients with special transfusion needs, such as therapeutic plasma exchange and cytapheresis.

Blood Bank

The blood bank performs diagnostic tests, but its main role is to see that blood products are administered safely and appropriately.

Products Issued

Products issued by the blood bank include:

  • Packed red cells
  • Fresh frozen plasma
  • Platelets

Laboratory Statistics

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center  performed over 100 transplants in recent years (including kidney, liver and pancreas). The Histocompatibility Laboratory performed approximately:

  • 400 typings for HLA-A,B and C
  • 300 typings for HLA-DR
  • 300 compatibility tests
  • 100 panel reactive antibody determinations

Molecular methods for HLA typing will be added to the laboratory's testing array in the near future.

Contact Information

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
330 Brookline Avenue
Boston, MA 02215