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Transfusion Medicine


Transfusion Medicine provides blood and blood products for Children’s National Medical Center’s patients. Children’s nationally-recognized pediatric transfusion medicine specialists supervise the preparation of blood for transfusions and perform a number of specialty tests to provide the best unit to each patient.

More than 2,700 patients receive blood transfusions each year, including approximately 7,500 red blood cell, 2,000 plasma, 3,000 platelets, and 900 cryoprecipitate units.

The Transfusion Medicine team provides:
  • Pre-storage leukoreduced red blood cells and apheresis platelets for 100 percent of blood products.
  • On-site blood irradiation.
  • Transfusion Related Acute Lung Injury (TRALI) risk-reduction processes.

  • ed blood cell phenotyping for sickle cell and thalassemia patients.
  • Capture-P testing for anti-platelet and anti-HLA antibodies.
  • Dedicated units of red blood cells to infants to reduce the number of different units of blood to which they are exposed.
In addition, the Blood Donor Center collects directed and autologous units of blood for patients.
Transfusion Medicine - Departments & Programs - Children's National Medical Center