Transfusion Services

Medical offices in central Arizona that do not have their own blood bank can make Blood Systems Laboratories their transfusion service. We deliver to you so that your patients can get the blood components they need in the comfort of your office, from staff they know and trust.

Whether you are looking to outsource your blood bank services to us full-time or you have only an occasional need for blood products, we can be your blood provider.

Our Tempe-based transfusion service performs compatibility testing for each patient and then delivers the necessary blood units. Like other surgery centers, extended care facilities and specialty clinics we serve, once you are contracted with us, you can order whatever blood components your patients require. Contact us to initiate a contract.

Products and services include:

  • Red blood cells, 100% leukoreduced
  • Platelets, 100% leukoreduced
  • Cryoprecipitate
  • Plasma
  • CMV negative red blood cells
  • Patient antibody detection
  • Component modifications, like irradiation or washing
  • Just-in-time delivery
  • Staff in-service training
  • Medical consultations (24/7/365)

Download the TS Requisition Form (eTS 003)

Laboratory Category Test Name Description Turn Around Times Sample, Packaging & Shipping Requirements CPT Code Form
Transfusion Service Compatibility Testing & Product Services ABO/Rh

ABO blood typing; Rh (D)

Depends upon request; See TAT description 2 ETDA (7 mL) tubes and labeled according to Transfusion Service Guidelines 86900, 86901 Transfusion Services Order Form TS 003
IRL, Transfusion Service Compatibility Testing & Product Services, Red Cell Serology Antibody Detection (screen)

Red cell antibody screen by multiple methodologies

Depends upon request; See TAT description 1 plain red top and/or EDTA tube; Shipped in a container maintaining temperature between 1C - 10 C 86850 Form BS 313, Transfusion Services Order Form TS 003
IRL, Transfusion Service Compatibility Testing & Product Services, Red Cell Serology Antibody Identification Panel

Red cell antibody identification by multiple methodologies

Depends upon request; See TAT description 1 plain red top and 4 EDTA tubes (No gel separator tubes); Shipped in a container maintaining temperature between 1C - 10 C 86870 Form BS 313, Transfusion Services Order Form TS 003
Transfusion Service Compatibility Testing & Product Services Autologous Unit

Whole blood and red blood cells are drawn from patients who anticipate requiring blood transfusions.  Each unit is labeled “For Autologous Use Only” as they are not screened and tested for the general blood supply

Depends upon request; See TAT description NA 86890 Transfusion Services Order Form TS 003
Transfusion Service Compatibility Testing & Product Services CMV Unit Test

Antibody screen for cytomegalovirus

NA NA 86644 Transfusion Services Order Form TS 003
Transfusion Service Compatibility Testing & Product Services Crossmatch – Antiglobulin

Compatibility test each unit; immediate spin technique; incubation technique; antiglobulin technique

Depends upon request; See TAT description 2 ETDA (7 mL) tubes and labeled according to Transfusion Service Guidelines 86920, 86921, 86922 Transfusion Services Order Form TS 003
Transfusion Service Compatibility Testing & Product Services Crossmatch – Immediate Spin

Compatibility test each unit; immediate spin technique

Depends upon request; See TAT description 2 ETDA (7 mL) tubes and labeled according to Transfusion Service Guidelines 86920 Transfusion Services Order Form TS 003
Transfusion Service Compatibility Testing & Product Services Cryoprecipitate AHF (Cryo) Pooled

Cryoprecipitated Antihemophilic Factor (AHF) contains fibrinogen, Factor VIII, Factor XIII, von Willebrand factor and fibronectin.  Several units of Cryoprecipitated AHF have been pooled

Depends upon request; See TAT description Cryoprecipitate in process for customer order will not be credited if cancelled or unused NA Transfusion Services Order Form TS 003
Transfusion Service Compatibility Testing & Product Services HLA Matched Platelets

Apheresis donor platelets previously HLA typed are provided to match the patient’s HLA A,B allele type

Depends upon request; See TAT description Platelets that are in transit to customer will not be credited if unused NA HLA Requisition Form BS 320H
Transfusion Service Compatibility Testing & Product Services Irradiation for Component

Irradiated blood is prepared by exposing the component to a radiation source to prevent proliferation of T lymphocytes

Depends upon request; See TAT description Irradiation in process for customer order will not be credited if cancelled or unused 86945 Transfusion Services Order Form TS 003
Transfusion Service Compatibility Testing & Product Services Physicians Services

Blood bank physician services; difficult cross match and/or evaluation of irregular antibody(s), interpretation and written report

NA NA 86077 NA
Transfusion Service Compatibility Testing & Product Services Plasma, Cryo Reduced

Plasma, cryoprecipitate reduced is prepared from FFP after thawing and centrifugation and removal of the cryoprecipitate.  The remaining product is plasma that is deficient in fibrinogen, Factor VIII, Factor XIII, von Willebrand factor, cryoglobulin and fibronectin

Depends upon request; See TAT description Plasma in process for customer order will not be credited if cancelled or unused NA Transfusion Services Order Form TS 003
Transfusion Service Compatibility Testing & Product Services Plasma, Frozen Within 24 Hours After Phlebotomy

Plasma frozen within 24 hours after phlebotomy is prepared from a whole blood collection, separated and placed at -18 C or below within 24 hours from whole blood collection.  Units contain 200-250 mL on average.  This plasma component is a source of nonlabile plasma proteins.  Levels of Factor VIII are significantly reduced and levels of Factor V and other labile plasma proteins are variable compared with FFP.  Plasma should be infused immediately after thawing or stored at 1 to 6 C for up to 24 hours

Depends upon request; See TAT description Plasma in process for customer order will not be credited if cancelled or unused NA Transfusion Services Order Form TS 003
Transfusion Service Compatibility Testing & Product Services Platelets, Apheresis Leukocyte Reduced

Apheresis platelets leukoreduced can by leukocyte reduced during the collection process or may be prepared by further processing using leukocyte reduction filters.  The therapeutic goal of platelet transfusion is to provide adequate numbers of normally functioing platelets for the prevention and cessation of bleeding

Depends upon request; See TAT description Platelets that are in transit to customer will not be credited if unused NA Transfusion Services Order Form TS 003
Transfusion Service Compatibility Testing & Product Services Red Blood Cells Leukocyte Reduced

Red blood cells contain hemoglobin and serve as the primary agent for transport of oxygen to tissues.  This component is prepared by centrifugation or sedimentation of whole blood to remove much of the plasma, and can also be prepared by apheresis methods.  Leukocyte reduction is achieved by filtration

Depends upon request; See TAT description NA NA Transfusion Services Order Form TS 003
Transfusion Service Compatibility Testing & Product Services Red Blood Cells, Deglycerolized

Frozen red blood cells are made available for infusion by thawing and removing glycerol by washing the cells

Depends upon request; See TAT description Deglycerolized red blood cells that are in transit to customer will not be credited if unused NA Transfusion Services Order Form TS 003
Transfusion Service Compatibility Testing & Product Services Serologic Problem Case – see (IRL) reference testing

Refer to IRL test descriptions

NA NA NA NA
Transfusion Service Compatibility Testing & Product Services Transfusion Reaction Investigation

Investigation of transfusion reaction, physician interpretation and written report

NA NA 86078 Transfusion Reaction Report Form TS 009
Transfusion Service Compatibility Testing & Product Services Turn Around Times

STAT:  Units required within 3 hours of sample receipt   ASAP:  Units required within 6 hours of sample receipt   Routine:  Units required within 24 hours of sample receipt

NA Insufficient sample or incomplete patient information may result in delays NA NA
Transfusion Service Compatibility Testing & Product Services Whole Blood

Whole blood contains red blood cells, plasma, platelets and cyroprecipitate.  This product is rarely used for transfusion because the components are separated and individually ordered and transfused

Depends upon request; See TAT description NA NA Transfusion Services Order Form TS 003

Blood Systems and its divisions and affiliates provide comprehensive transfusion medicine services. These include: BioCARE • Blood Services (Blood Centers of the Pacific, BloodSource, Bonfils Blood Center, Community Blood Services, Inland Northwest Blood Center, Lifeblood, LifeShare, LifeStream, United Blood Services) • Blood Systems Laboratories • Blood Systems Research Institute • Creative Testing Solutions

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