Blood Donation, Manufacturing and Distribution
Since 1980, INBC's registered nursing staff has provided first-class care while performing therapeutic apheresis procedures on a daily basis. Therapeutic apheresis procedures may be classified as either the exchange of blood components or the selective removal of specific cells. A portion of the blood is removed or treated, with the remaining components being returned to the patient. These procedures are performed at our 5 area hospitals in Spokane and North Idaho.
Simply because two people are the same blood type doesn’t mean their blood is compatible. That is why INBC offers a team of experts in Transfusion Services to perform blood tests, conduct cross-matches and prepare specialized units for patients’ transfusion needs.
Human Leukocyte Antigen (HLA) Laboratory
Performed testing to help carry out the wishes of 38 deceased organ donors and their families, along with 13 living kidney donors. This resulted in 60 organ transplants: 46 kidney, 1 combined kidney-pancreas and 13 heart transplants. INBC’s HLA Laboratory provides typing, antibody screening and crossmatching services for patients awaiting a heart, kidney or kidney/pancreas transplant. The laboratory also helped patients waiting for compatible organs through testing to support their enrollment in new desensitization, national sharing and paired donor exchange programs.