Safety of the Blood Supply

To ensure maximum safety and effectiveness, the Nebraska Community Blood Bank carefully prepares and tests all blood donations. Every blood product must pass at least 12 tests before it is deemed safe for transfusion. Donations with unacceptable test results are promptly discarded and destroyed.

Tests routinely performed on every donation include:

Blood Typing
Blood is tested to determine the ABO group (A, B, O, or AB) and Rh factor (positive or negative).

Antibody Screening
All donations are tested to determine if their plasma contains any antibodies to various red blood cell antigens.

Tests for Infectious Diseases
Testing for infectious diseases is one of the most important ways of ensuring the safety of all blood products. The following tests are performed on each blood product before it is available for transfusion:

  • HIV 1 & 2
  • Hepatitis B
  • Hepatitis C
  • HTLV (Human T-Lymphotrophic Virus) Type I/ II
  • Syphilis Antibody
  • West Nile Virus
  • Antibody for Chagas' Disease
  • Zika Virus (IND)

For additional information about blood safety visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's website.