Seattle Children’s and Puget Sound Blood Center Open New Blood Lab

On-site at Children’s, the transfusion service blood laboratory will increase efficiencies in blood operations and improve patient care


Today, Seattle Children’s and Puget Sound Blood Center opened a new blood laboratory to serve Children’s patients exclusively. Located within Seattle Children’s main campus and staffed by Puget Sound Blood Center employees 24 hours every day of the year, the facility will bring the lab closer to the patient. The partnership is unique in that Children’s is the only King County hospital to have an on-site blood transfusion service laboratory staffed by Puget Sound Blood Center.

Children’s will benefit from Puget Sound Blood Center’s onsite expertise in blood typing, cross-matching, and the high-complexity testing required to most efficiently process blood components for pediatric patients. The new lab will open in stages with many immediate benefits. When fully operational, the onsite lab will provide greater access to blood components for patients when they are needed and allow more emergency units to be stored onsite. Puget Sound Blood Center provided more than 13,000 units of blood to Seattle Children’s last year.

The new blood lab was celebrated with a ribbon cutting ceremony where members of both organizations gathered to mark the opening. High resolution photos from the ceremony and of the new blood lab can be viewed here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/65378284@N06/

“Being inside Children’s lets us get blood closer to patients to provide an improved level of care, while still capitalizing on the expertise and efficiencies of scale that a big blood center like Puget Sound Blood Center can provide,” said Dr. Meghan Delaney, Medical Director of the new Blood Lab at Seattle Children’s Hospital on behalf of Puget Sound Blood Center. “We are delighted to have this opportunity to collaborate with Seattle Children’s on this new facility that will enable even greater efficiencies in blood distribution to support the unique needs of pediatric patients.”

The new on-site blood lab will receive blood from Puget Sound Blood Center in adult-sized units and then divide them into smaller units – a quarter or an eighth of the adult unit – for the smallest of Children’s pediatric patients. This will enable Children’s clinicians to order blood in smaller units, ensuring ordered blood is used to its fullest capacity. In the past, it might have been necessary to over-order blood in some situations to ensure extra blood was on hand. The onsite blood lab makes such precautionary over-ordering unnecessary.

“We’re taking care of more critically ill children than ever before. Our patients who are here for organ transplantation, stem cell transplants or surgery often require complex blood components on short notice,” said Dr. Dana Matthews, clinical director of Hematology and chair of Seattle Children’s Blood Use committee. “An in-house blood lab allows us to meet our patients’ needs better and faster.”

Nearly 900 people must donate blood through Puget Sound Blood Center every day to meet the needs of local patients. Donating blood takes less than an hour and can save three lives. With 11 permanent blood donation centers and a robust blood drive infrastructure, Puget Sound Blood Center collects and maintains the blood supply for most of Western Washington, providing the right blood components for Seattle Children’s patients and the community when they are needed.

The next opportunity to donate blood at Children’s is August 23. To donate, come to the Giraffe entrance of the hospital between 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and visit the Puget Sound Blood Center bloodmobile. Other upcoming donation dates include September 6, September 20 and October 24.

To find other donation opportunities in your area, please call 1-800-398-7888 or visit psbc.org.

About Puget Sound Blood Center

Puget Sound Blood Center is an independent, community-based nonprofit organization with a tradition of blending volunteerism, medical science and research to improve patients' lives. Patients with leukemia, cancer, burns, hemophilia and traumatic injuries depend on Blood Center research. The recognized leader in transfusion medicine, the Blood Center operates the world's largest centralized transfusion service, serves patients in more than 70 hospitals and clinics in 14 Western Washington counties, and provides tissue and transplantation support to 185 hospitals across the Northwest. For more information, visit http://www.psbc.org.

About Seattle Children’s

Seattle Children’s Hospital, Foundation and Research Institute together deliver superior patient care, advance new discoveries and treatments through pediatric research, and raise funds to create better futures for patients. Consistently ranked as one of the top 10 children’s hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report, Seattle Children’s Hospital specializes in meeting the unique physical, emotional and developmental needs of children from infancy through young adulthood. Through the collaboration of physicians in nearly 60 pediatric subspecialties, Seattle Children’s Hospital provides inpatient, outpatient, diagnostic, surgical, rehabilitative, behavioral, and emergency and outreach services to families from around the world.

Located in downtown Seattle’s biotech corridor, Seattle Children’s Research Institute is pushing the boundaries of medical research to find cures for pediatric diseases and improve outcomes for children all over the world. Internationally recognized investigators and staff at the research institute are advancing new discoveries in cancer, genetics, immunology, pathology, infectious disease, injury prevention, bioethics and much more.

Seattle Children’s Hospital and Research Foundation and Seattle Children’s Hospital Guild Association work together to gather community support and raise funds for uncompensated care, clinical care and research. The foundation receives nearly 80,000 gifts each year, from lemonade stand proceeds to corporate sponsorships. Seattle Children’s Hospital Guild Association is the largest all-volunteer fundraising network for any hospital in the country, serving as the umbrella organization for 450 groups of people who turn an activity they love into a fundraiser. Support from the foundation and guild association makes it possible for Seattle Children’s care and research teams to improve the health and well-being of all kids.

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