The Blood Bank supports both the inpatient and outpatient transfusion services at Mount Sinai with immunohematology testing, and by providing blood, plasma, platelets, and other products for transfusion.
The Blood Bank Laboratory staff performs testing and prepares blood products to ensure the safest possible transfusion for our patients. Testing includes blood ABO/Rh typing, screening for possible transfusion reaction-related antibodies, and cross matching blood units in preparation for transfusion. We use the most advanced methods of testing, with automation designed to provide rapid, accurate test results.
Our Medical Directors include three physicians who are board certified in Blood Banking and Transfusion Medicine. We also have more than 40 licensed medical technologists and technicians on staff. The Blood Bank operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week. More than 200,000 tests are performed and we prepare more than 45,000 units of blood, platelets, and plasma for transfusion every year.
We are licensed by the New York State Department of Health, with accreditations from the AABB, the College of American Pathologists (CAP), and the Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy.
A Note to Patients on Blood Donations
The Mount Sinai Health System relies entirely on voluntary blood donations from carefully screened voluntary donors. All blood donated for transfusion undergoes extensive testing in compliance with U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulations.
Some patients prefer to donate their own blood for transfusion, as part of their preparation for elective surgery. This is known as autologous blood donation, and we encourage it whenever possible. For some patients, autologous blood donation will not be possible, due to their age, medical status, or the timing of surgery. In this setting, family members or friends may donate blood for a patient to use, known as directed blood donation.
If you would like to arrange for autologous or directed blood donations, contact your physician to arrange the donation through the New York Blood Center, which has donor collection centers throughout the metropolitan area. Autologous and directed blood donations require special handling, for which the Blood Center charges a fee. At least five working days are needed to test, process, and ship the blood to Mount Sinai. For information on autologous and directed donations or to schedule a donation, contact the New York Blood Center or call (800) 439-6876.