Infectious disease testing of donor blood is a critical step in ensuring the safety of the blood supply. Thirteen different tests must be performed on every unit of donated blood.
Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center's National Donor Testing Services (NDTS) Lab maintains multiple testing shifts to ensure accurate and rapid detection and confirmation of a variety of infectious and viral diseases, as well as ABO/Rh and the deletion of antibodies to RBC antigens.
Rigorous testing procedures performed in our laboratories help minimize the likelihood of transmitting infectious diseases through blood transfusions to ensure that patients have the safest blood supply available.
Each test is performed in strict compliance with current instructions provided by the manufacturer of the test materials and equipment in use.
All testing meets the requirements of the Food and Drug Administration.