Blood Bank

blood bankThe Blood Bank Transfusion Service at Palmdale Regional Medical Center (PRMC) provides technologically advanced inpatient and outpatient transfusion services. Clinical laboratory scientists, licensed in California, have extensive experience in blood transfusion therapy and can quickly provide safe blood supplies to meet patient needs. The Blood Bank is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week and is supervised by the Laboratory Medical Director.

The American Red Cross provides blood for PRMC patients, and uses only volunteer donors who pass stringent qualification tests from the federal Food and Drug Administration and the American Association of Blood Banks. The blood supply in the United States is subjected to extensive testing and is regarded as one of the safest blood transfusion systems in the world.

People who want to donate blood for use in the Antelope Valley may contact the American Red Cross at 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (1-800-448-3543). The Red Cross also operates an Antelope Valley Donor Resources Line at 661-810-6583.

Patients who are planning elective surgery may wish to donate blood for their own use during their procedure, a process known as autologous donation. Patients should talk to their physicians to find out if they would be medically able to donate blood for themselves. Patients receive specific instructions from their physician for making autologous donations when they and their physicians decide it is appropriate.

In some cases, patients cannot donate blood for themselves but would prefer to have a family member or a close friend donate blood specifically for their use. These directed donations can be handled by the American Red Cross in much the same way as autologous donations, and the physician's office will provide the patient with specific instructions.

The American Red Cross

Palmdale Regional Medical Center works in close partnership with the American Red Cross to meet their goal of being able to supply the entire Antelope Valley with blood donated from valley residents. For more information on the American Red Cross, follow the link listed on this page under 'Related Links', or call the American Red Cross, Donor Resources Development, at 661-810-6583.

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Patients and their family members may want to learn more about the blood supply and the issues of safety and availability of blood for transfusion. Excellent sources of information on the Internet include:

American Red Cross—Give Blood
American Association of Blood Banks

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