Blood Bank

Transfusion support plays an increasingly prominent role in modern medical care. Blood transfusions are essential not only to save the lives of bleeding trauma victims, but also to the successful outcome of many complex treatments offered at tertiary care centers such as the Detroit Medical Center.

  • The DMCUL Transfusion Services operate 24 hours per day.
  • Information about sample collection, status of blood and component orders is available at each hospital blood bank.
  • A physician with full responsibility for the transfusion services is available for consultation at all times and may be contacted through the blood bank.
  • In addition to transfusion therapy, the DMCUL offers outreach immunohematological prenatal workups to identify potential harmful maternal antibodies to the fetus. 

IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS

Site

Blood Bank Phone Number

Directors of

Blood Banks

CHM

313 745 5709

Barbara A. O’Malley, M.D.

Ph:       313 745 2705

Pager:  3450

Martin Bluth, MD, PhD

Ph :      313 745 1869

Pager : 1751

DRH /

DSH

313 745 4206

Barbara Anderson, MD

Ph:       313-745-4571

Pager:  4522

HUH / HZ

313 745 8565

Barbara A. O’Malley, M.D.

Ph:       313 745 2705

Pager:  3450

Martin Bluth, MD, PhD

Ph :      313 745 1869

Pager : 1751

HVH

248 937 3428

Sharada Hulbanni, M.D.

Ph:       248 937 3434

Pager:  248 527 8614

SNGR

313 966 4332

Bo Jin, MD

Ph:       313 966 4345

Pager:  2617


EMERGENCY RELEASE OF BLOOD
  • Blood may be released in an emergency before the completion of pre-transfusion testing with the written request of the patient’s physician.
  • The physician requesting emergency release of blood prior to completion of pretransfusion testing must sign the Emergency Transfusion Release form.
  • An emergency release form is required when any of the following tests are incomplete at the time blood is issued:
    • previous history check
    • ABO & Rh
    • antibody screen
    • verification of ABO & Rh if previous records are not available
    • appropriate crossmatch (IS or AHG)
    • antibody identification if required
    • antigen screening of donor units, if required
  • When the patient’s blood type is unknown, transfuse the following:

          Children:                                           O negative RBC

          Women 50 years old and younger    O negative RBC

          Women over 50 years old and men:  1-2 units O negative RBC

          Women over 50 years old and men:  >2 units O positive RBC

  • Prior to release of type specific RBC, the following tests must be completed using an appropriately labeled and identified specimen and request:
  • history check performed
  • ABO according to procedure
  • Rh according to procedure
  • ABO and Rh retype if required according to procedure
If Rh positive blood is transfused to an Rh negative woman of childbearing age (less than 50yo) Rh immunoglobulin must be administered in less than 72hrs.