Transfusion Medicine

The Transfusion Service at Northern Light Laboratory serves as a regional reference laboratory and teaching facility. Our staff takes 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 and frozen cryoprecipitate. We work closely with our critical care transport team and supply liquid plasma for early-management of trauma patients. Technologists routinely evaluate platelets for bacterial contamination using the Verax BioMedical Platelet PGD test. The proper storage of blood products and tissue implants is ensured using remote wireless temperature monitoring technology. We supply blood products, Rh immune globulin and irradiated cellular components to the Northern Light Health facilities.

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. Accurate testing is accomplished through the Ortho Vision analyzer, use of column agglutination, as well as traditional blood bank reagents. When necessary, samples may be referred to Versiti Wisconsin or Rhode Island Blood Center for red cell genotyping for RhD alloimmunization risk assessment or provision of phenotypically matched red cells.

Contact Transfusion Medicine at 207-973-7636