Transfusion Medicine

The Transfusion Service at Northern Light Laboratory serves as a regional reference laboratory and teaching facility. The Transfusion Service is staffed 24-hours a day, seven days a week by board certified Medical Laboratory Scientists and Technologists who take pride in integrating and using the latest advances in transfusion to provide the best patient care possible.

Our Transfusion Service maintains an inventory of apheresis platelets, leukoreduced red blood cells, frozen plasma, liquid plasma, frozen cryoprecipitate, and a large variety of tissue implants; supplies blood products to several area hospitals; and has the ability to provide irradiated cellular components.

Our Transfusion Service offers a comprehensive list of pretransfusion and prenatal testing. Along with offering standard blood grouping, antibody detection, and compatibility testing, the department uses the latest methods to perform a more extensive list of services.

Pretransfusion Testing

  • Antibody identification using several different enhancement medias (Directory)

  • Warm autoantibody adsorption for patients with WAIHA

  • Prewarm technique for patients with cold agglutinins

  • Eluates for patients with positive direct anti-immunoglobulin tests

  • Differential direct anti-immunoglobulin tests (Directory)

  • Patient phenotyping

  • Antibody detection with DTT-treated reagent cells for patients treated with Daratumumab

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Pre-, Peri-, and Postnatal Testing

  • Antibody Titer (Directory)

  • Qualitative fetomaternal hemorrhage detection (Fetal Screen) (Directory)

  • Quantitative fetomaternal hemorrhage detection (Kleihauer Betke) (Directory)

  • Cord Blood ABORH and DAT

  • Consultation concerning Rh Genotyping in obstetrical patients

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Patient Blood Management Program

The Northern Light Laboratory Transfusion Service works hand-in-hand with the Patient Blood Management Program at Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center. Here, a team approach is used to develop a plan of care that uses the latest drugs, technology, and techniques to decrease blood loss and reduce or eliminate the need for blood transfusion.

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Contact Transfusion Medicine at 207-973-7636