Transfusion Medicine

The Transfusion Service at Affiliated Laboratory, Inc. 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 Technologists who take pride in integrating and using the latest advances in transfusion to provide the best patient care possible.

The Transfusion Service at Affiliated Laboratory, Inc. maintains an inventory of apheresis platelets, leukoreduced red blood cells, frozen 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.
The Affiliated Laboratory 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 includes:

  • 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
 
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
 
The Affiliated Laboratory Transfusion Service works hand-in-hand with the Eastern Maine Medical Center Patient Blood Management Program.  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.


Contact Transfusion Medicine: (207) 973-7636