Patient Services Overview
The Bloodworks Northwest is the resource for patients in Western Washington who need blood, tissue and specialized laboratory services. Founded in 1944, the Blood Center has evolved from a community blood bank to a regional leader for medical care and research.
The scope of our operations has expanded to meet the demands of a growing population, the needs of new, advanced medical treatments and the challenges of the changing healthcare environment. Today, more than 900 employees provide services to help meet the transfusion-related needs of patients in more than 90 Western Washington hospitals and clinics.
At the forefront of Bloodworks Northwest’s direct care programs is our Patient Services department. Combining quality care and individualized attention with state-of-the-art cell separation and transfusion technology, Patient Services provides a broad scope of procedures both in hospitals and at Blood Center facilities.
Bloodworks Northwest’s Patient Services program offers patients more than just another procedure in the course of their treatment. Our caring professional staff are ready with a warm smile at a difficult time, a clear explanation of a complicated procedure, and the reassurance of the best possible care.
For patients, this combination of expertise and personalized care means peace of mind and heightened confidence in their overall care program.
Bloodworks Apheresis Services provides adult and pediatric therapeutic apheresis services (mobile only) at many medical centers (and their outpatient infusion clinics) in King County as well as Snohomish County and Pierce County. Therapeutic apheresis services include extracorporeal photopheresis (ECP is a new apheresis service starting Spring 2019!), therapeutic plasma exchange, red cell exchange (RBCX), whole blood exchange (WBEX) white blood cell (WBC) depletion, and platelet depletion.
In addition, Bloodworks Apheresis Services routinely collects leukapheresis products for both clinical and non-clinical use in compliance with Current Good Tissue Practices (21 CFR 1271). Importantly, Bloodworks was granted FACT (Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy) accreditation for peripheral blood cellular therapy product collection as an independent collection facility in 2018!
As part of our comprehensive services, Blood Center hematologists, all professors and experts in transfusion medicine, are available 24-hours a day, seven days a week to consult with physicians. Patient Services’ registered nursing staff is supported by the resources of an organization recognized as a national leader in transfusion and transplantation medicine.
With mobile staff and equipment to administer procedures in hospitals and dedicated resources at our facilities, Patient Services serves patients where they need it, when they need it. Working with a physicians’ prescription, staff closely monitor each procedure to ensure processing parameters are adjusted to provide maximum therapeutic benefit.
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