Autologous Blood Service – Therapeutic Blood Service
Autologous Blood Donation
What is Autologous Donation?
Autologous procedure allows you to donate blood to yourself prior to an upcoming operation, with physician approval. It is up to your physician to determine if this donation is necessary. A written request must be completed prior to your surgery by your doctor and submitted to Blood Bank of Alaska. Once received Blood Bank of Alaska will contact you to schedule a donation. All paperwork must be complete in order to proceed.
These appointments are usually scheduled one week apart. All autologous donations must be complete at least three business days prior to your surgery.
Testing is done on the blood that is collected for infectious disease, such as HIV and hepatitis. Positive results are reported in writing to you, your doctor, the medical director of the hospital transfusion service and others as required by law.
All collections gathered via autologous donations are for your specific use only and are not released to the community if it is not transfused by you.
Therapeutic Procedure Blood Donation
What is Therapeutic Phlebotomy?
Therapeutic phlebotomy is the removal of blood to treat conditions such as an excess production of red blood cells (polycythemia) or excess levels of iron (hemochromatosis). Therapeutic phlebotomy MUST be prescribed by a licensed healthcare provider (physician, physician assistant, or nurse practitioner). The prescription must include patient information (name, DOB or SSN, and telephone number), diagnosis, frequency of phlebotomy, and minimum acceptable hematocrit level.
Unlike all other donations, there is no testing done on the blood that is collected through a therapeutic draw, as it is not available for transfusion at any time. Payment is due at time of service.
FOR QUESTIONS REGARDING: APHERESIS, AUTOLOGOUS OR THERAPEUTIC DONATIONS PLEASE CALL (907) 222-5678.