Quality & Safety
Life-Saving Blood Supply
There’s No Substitute for Human Blood
Blood is living tissue that cleans and nourishes the human body while also fighting infections, healing wounds and performing many other vital functions for the human body. It is a fragile substance that cannot be manufactured and can only be stored for a very limited time. There is no substitute for blood. Donors are the only source of blood for patients who need it.
Blood can be separated into various components: red blood cells, white blood cells, plasma and platelets. Each component serves a different purpose for the human body. Red cells, white cells and platelets, made in the marrow of bones, fight infection, carry oxygen and help control bleeding. Plasma functions as a carrier for blood cells, nutrients, enzymes and hormones throughout the body.
Just one pint of donated blood can help up to three different people. Therefore, LifeServe Blood Center relies on charitable community members to help provide blood to people in need. Giving blood is a safe, simple procedure.
The Unit Facts:
- Cancer Patients: can use up to 8 units of blood a month.
- Bone Marrow Transplant: can use up to 2 units a day.
- Cardiovascular Surgery: can use between 2-25 units.
- Liver Transplant: can use up to 100 units.
- Auto/Trauma Accident Patients: can use up to 50 units.
Guaranteeing a Safe Blood Supply
LifeServe Blood Center focuses heavily on the safety and quality of the community blood supply.
The following procedures assure the safety of the blood supply:
Healthy, Honest and Responsible Volunteer Donors
LifeServe Blood Center accepts only voluntary blood donations. It has been proven that blood, voluntarily donated, is much safer than a paid blood donation. A volunteer donor base is the most important and significant factor in providing a safe blood supply.
Direct and Comprehensive Screen of Donors by Health Professionals
A mini-physical is conducted on donors before they donate. This includes a screening of the donor’s temperature, pulse, hemoglobin and blood pressure. A series of health and lifestyle related questions are also asked, including questions asking if they have any signs or symptoms of AIDS and if they consider themselves to be at risk for the AIDS virus.
Thorough Labratory Testing
All blood undergoes testing in LifeServe Blood Center’s state-of-the-art laboratory to make sure it is safe to transfuse to a hospital patient. In fact, more than one million separate tests are performed each year on the blood collected
State-of-the-Art Laboratory Testing
The first stop donated blood makes after donation is to LifeServe Blood Center’s state-of-the art laboratory. Every unit of blood collected is subject to fourteen different tests before it is given to any patient.
After testing, blood is separated into various component parts – red cells, plasma, and platelets – that can help save the lives of up to three different hospital patients. Collected, tested, and processed blood is then transported to several hospitals across Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota in addition to serving national and global needs as they arise.
Blood samples are subjected to the following confidential tests:
- ABO grouping
- Rh blood typing
- Screening for irregular antibodies
- Hepatitis B & C
- HTLV testing
- West Nile Virus
- Zika virus