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Parkview School of MLS: Blood Bank (Transfusion Medicine)

Students said on their evaluations of this department:

"I absolutely loved working with Peggy and the others. I felt I learned a lot and loved that the instruction was with one person and I was shown a consistent way of doing things. Very effective department!"

In the Blood Bank, the MLS primarily:

  • performs and interprets blood type testing
  • performs and interprets testing for unexpected antibodies in patient serum that could cause blood product incompatibility or other disease states like hemolytic disease of the newborn
  • cross-matches blood products to patient blood
  • prepares products like packed red blood cells, platelets, fresh frozen plasma, and cryoprecipitate for transfusion to the patient
  • implements strategies to achieve 100% accuracy in the transfusion of compatible blood products to patients
  • performs and interprets serology testing to aid in the diagnosis of diseases like syphilis

Course Description

Lecture, reading, and laboratory rotation will cover the theory, record keeping, and performance of procedures prescribed by the American Association of Blood Banks (AABB) and FDA relating to the collection, storage, selection and testing of blood and blood components for transfusion.  Other topics include quality assurance, computer applications, hemolytic disease, HIPAA, and safety.

5 semester hours

  • A student performs an ABO and Rh type on a patient specimen

    Learn how to perform testing to ensure the compatibility of blood and blood products

Carl Swithers

Carl Swithers

Director of Laboratory
719.584.4430

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