Parkview School of MLS: Blood Bank (Transfusion Medicine)

Students said on their evaluations of this department:

“Joann is such a great and wonderful instructor! She really helped me to understand concepts better. Blood Bank is still a challenge for me, but each day I feel more confident in my testing abilities.”

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, computer applications, hemolytic disease, HIPAA, safety, the theory of immunology and serology, normal and acquired immunity, antigens and antibodies, antigen-antibody reactions, autoimmune diseases, other diseases associated with the immune system, and test methods including precipitation, agglutination, immunoassay, and molecular methods. Quality assurance/quality improvement as applied to pre-analytical, analytical, and post-analytical components of laboratory services are also covered.

8 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