Blood Bank Services
Accredited by AABB and CAP, the Blood Bank performs routine and specialized compatibility testing and provides blood components to support the transfusion needs of a number of specialty services. These include cardiac and vascular surgery; solid organ transplantation (liver, heart, lung, kidney, pancreas); the Yale Cancer Center, cell therapy transplant program, and hematology service; a level 1 trauma center; and the maternal- fetal medicine and newborn special care services.
Although the blood bank employs automated testing methods to promote efficiency and rapid turnaround time, the laboratory is staffed around the clock with dedicated medical technologists who can solve complex serological problems and provide appropriate component therapy to patients. In addition, the blood bank maintains a frozen reserve of some rare antigen negative red cells as well as other Group O red cells to ensure an adequate blood supply during times of shortage.