Blood donations and blood banking
What is blood banking?
Blood banking is the process that takes place in a laboratory to ensure that the donated blood or blood products are safe before they are used in blood transfusions and other medical procedures. Blood banking includes typing the blood for compatibility and testing for infectious diseases.
Our blood bank
Boston Children's Hospital relies on its blood bank supplies to save the lives of pediatric patients. The blood in our bank is scrupulously obtained and maintained; see details below. Most blood donors are volunteers; if you can spare just an hour one day to give blood visit our Blood Donor site.