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 is tested to determine the ABO group (A, B, O, or AB) and Rh factor (positive or negative).
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:
For additional information about blood safety visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's website.