The Blood Center provides both
transfusion and stem cell processing services. The Donor/Apheresis
Unit collects autologous, directed, and altruistic donors; provides on-site
donor/therapeutic/apheresis services and stem cell harvesting services.
Annually, the Blood Center receives more than 70,000 orders for transfusions,
resulting in 40,000 actual transfusions.
The Blood Center is accredited by JCAHO and registered with
the Food and Drug Administration. It is an institutional member and is accredited by the
American Association of Blood Banks, and is a member of the Illinois Association of Blood
Banks. The cell processing laboratory is accredited by the American Association of
Blood Banks and the Foundation for Accreditation of Cellular Therapy.
lmmunohematologic Diagnostic Tests
Antibody screening, Indirect
Anti-human globulin test (Indirect Coombs')
Blood group and Rh
Bone marrow transplant screening
Cord blood screen
Direct antihuman globulin test
(direct Coombs' or DAT): Polyspecific; IgG; C3d
Drug antibody identification
Transfusion reaction work-up
Isoagglutinin titer, anti-A
Rh,(D) immune globulin work-up
Special antigen typing
Therapeutic Procedures Available From the Donor/Aphersis Unit
Therapeutic red cell exchange
ProSorba column treatment
Autologous and Allogeneic stem cell harvesting
To avoid long waits, donors are requested to make an
appointment for blood donations. Donors must be in good health, be age 18 or
greater, and weigh at least 110 pounds. Criteria for autologous donors vary.
For further information, contact the Donor/Apheresis Center,(312)-942-6680.
Whole blood donation (pint of blood) for autologous,
directed or general use can be performed in the Donor/Apheresis
center at RUSH, as well as platelet donation by apheresis. Call 312-942-6680 for information about
these donor programs.
- Packed red cells from directed
donations will be made available for transfusion at RUSH on a specified date if
the donor has the same ABO type as the patient, a satisfactory Rh type, and
the donation is received by the RUSH Blood Center in a timely fashion.
- A special handling fee is charged by
RUSH to the patient for all units received as directed units, regardless of
whether they are of a usable type and regardless of whether they are
- Directed units that are unusable for
the directed recipient are placed in the general inventory. Usable directed units not transfused within
two weeks after the specified transfusion date are also placed in the general
- Patients scheduled for elective
surgery, or other foreseeable red cell transfusion needs may donate autologous
units at the Rush Donor Center, or at another Blood Center's facilities.
- An autologous unit received in a timely
manner will be made available for transfusion.
- A special handling fee is charged upon
delivery of an autologous unit to RUSH by the facility drawing it. To recover this cost, a corresponding fee is
charged to the patient by RUSH regardless of whether the unit is ever
- If an autologous unit approaches the
limit of refrigerator storage and has not yet been crossmatched, Blood Center
personnel will attempt to contact the patient's physician to ask if the unit
should be frozen for future use. Other
unused autologous units will be discarded when they reach the limit of liquid
storage. Units requested to be frozen
will be discarded after 6 months of frozen storage if not used.