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Laboratory Services

State-of-the-Art Laboratory Testing

The first stop donated blood makes after donation is to LifeServe Blood Center's state-of-the art laboratory. Every unit of blood collected is subject to fourteen different tests before it is given to any patient. After testing, blood is separated into various component parts - red cells, plasma, and platelets - that can help save the lives of up to three different hospital patients. Collected, tested, and processed blood is then transported to several hospitals across Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota in addition to serving national and global needs as they arise.

Blood samples are subjected to the following confidential tests:

  • ABO grouping
  • Rh blood typing
  • Syphilis
  • Screening for irregular antibodies
  • Hepatitis B & C
  • HIV
  • HTLV testing
  • West Nile Virus