The Transfusion Medicine Core Laboratory (TMCL) of the Department of Clinical Pathology pursues one overriding objective: to provide adequate amounts of safe blood in a timely manner for our hospital patients.
We supply the complete menu of blood component options 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Integrated into the activities of the transfusion service are the donor program, the human progenitor cell processing and storage laboratory, viral marker testing for organ transplantation, and the intraoperative autotransfusion program.
The TMCL works closely with the Division of Nursing and the Medical Staff to support the transfusion service according to the needs of our patients and the preferences of their attending staff.
The transfusion service at Cleveland Clinic is one of the largest in the world, dispensing over 143,000 units of blood and blood components. We type 65,000 samples per year and screen those samples for red cell antibodies. There are more than 90,000 crossmatches performed. Major vascular surgery, high-risk obstetrics, trauma, and transplantation are supported without restriction every hour of every day, 365 days a year.
The section’s Perioperative Autotransfusion Service was the first in the country to be accredited by the American Association of Blood Banks (AABB). This service performs nearly 1000 procedures each year, harvesting and transfusing the equivalent of about 2,500 units of Autologous Red Blood Cells. Under the direction of Dr. Jonathan Waters, this service is actively researching better methods to manage preoperative anemia and complex intraoperative hemostasis problems.
The Human Progenitor Cell Laboratory manages the isolation, preparation, and storage of peripheral blood and bone marrow stem cells for the Transplant Program. More than 700 collections are processed each year under the expert direction of Dr. Karl Theil.
In partnership with the American Red Cross Blood Services, Northern Ohio Region and University Hospitals of Cleveland, the Section offers a fellowship in blood banking and transfusion medicine.