Peripheral Blood Stem Cell Program
The Peripheral Blood Stem Cell Program is designed to service patients and physicians. It combines the transfusion and transplantation medicine expertise necessary to meet the region’s emerging need for peripheral blood stem cell transplantation.
When compared to bone marrow transplantation, this procedure:
We provide apheresis collection, product assessment and quality control, cryopreservation, storage, and reinfusion support. Patients receive comforting, expert care in a pleasant environment.
From patient orientation through the reinfusion process, Blood Center nurses and technical staff offer patients more than just another procedure in the course of their treatment. Our caring and 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 contributes to peace of mind and heightened confidence in their overall care program.
With highly individualized patient care, patients have their own nurse and have the option of having a friend or relative with them during the collection procedure.
During the collection process Blood Center Staff:
The Northwest Tissue Services’s Stem Cell Processing Laboratory is where stem cells are evaluated for engraftment potential and cryopreserved.
A Stem Cell technologist assays the stem cells by flow cytometry following standards recommended by the International Society for Hematotherapy and Graft Engineering (ISHAGE). CD34 test results are usually available within three hours after stem cell collection.
The technologist aseptically processes the stem cells under a laminar airflow hood. The stem cells are cryopreserved in a controlled-rate freezer and stored in the vapor phase of liquid nitrogen.
Upon request, the Northwest Tissue Services also provides processing, storage, and assays of stem cells collected by outside healthcare facilities. These stem cells will be returned to the collection facility for reinfusion.
Drawing on our expertise in analysis, quality assurance, cryopreservation, and collection, the Blood Center provides extensive reporting on each patient. We also maintain complete database records on all patients as well as a collective summary record of patient results.
The Blood Center offers flexible collection scheduling – seven days a week. Contact our Medical Director to discuss your patient’s prescribed treatment protocol and to initiate the process.
To refer a specific patient, providers are asked to:
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