Compatibility Testing Laboratory
Bloodworks Northwest has provided compatibility testing for transfusion of blood and blood components to patients in King County Hospitals since 1944. Today, Bloodworks Northwest’s integrated transfusion services provide multiple options for hospitals, with an emphasis on quick and effective support for patient needs.
Our Integrated Transfusion Service Laboratories operate 24/7 to provide testing and blood components. We are linked in many area hospitals with HemoSafe® blood dispensing units that allow immediate access to a full range of red cell types and plasma—all tested and transfusion-ready. These “ultra-smart” refrigerators can store up to 120 units of blood. They are digitally linked directly to BloodworksNW Transfusion Service labs, and backed by sophisticated tracking and matching systems.
The Medical Director for our Integrated Transfusion Service Laboratories is Dr. Theresa Nester.
Our Central Laboratory:
Patients and physicians at Seattle Children’s, UW Valley Medical Center, Highline medical center, EvergreenHealth Medical Center , Overlake Hospital Medical Center, Puget Sound Health Care Seattle, Virginia Mason Medical Center, Northwest Medical Center, Group Health Hospitals, Kindred hospitals, and a number of Kidney Centers are supported by the Integrated Transfusion service laboratories. The labs are full-service transfusion service labs with specialized staff available 24/7 to test and crossmatch patient blood samples with on-site blood components that are just steps away— all backed by our transfusion expertise, specialized physicians, and transfusion safety officers.
For all of our integrated transfusion services, a BloodworksNW physician is available at all times for consultation at 206-689-6525.
Our Integrated Transfusion Services work closely with our Immunohematology Reference Laboratory to solve complex transfusion problems.
Bloodworks Northwest Hospital Links enable hospital personnel to view order status, test results, and reports electronically. Hospital staff must contact their hospital links user administrator for access to the websites.
The laboratory’s procedures meet the requirements, regulations of the Food and Drug Administration and the American Association of Blood Banks. The quality assurance program consists of semi-annual competency assessment of all staff and subsequent competency assessment of staff prior to implementation of new procedures and tests, participation in College of American Pathologists (CAP) blood banking proficiency testing program; analysis and trending of error and incident reports; QC testing of blood components, daily and monthly review of QC testing, and participation in local, regional, and national continuing education programs.