State-of-the-Art  Full Service Laboratory

The Rhode Island Blood Center operates the only full-service testing laboratory of its kind in New England, including the main testing laboratory for screening of donated blood and three specialty laboratories.

The Donor Testing Laboratory performs the extensive infectious disease tests required by federal regulatory agencies -- tests that ensure the safety of our local and national blood supply. Testing is performed on all blood donations collected and distributed by the Rhode Island Blood Center, as well as many clients that require this type of testing such as hospitals with a donation center or other blood centers outside of Rhode Island, research facilities and other donation centers. We are currently preparing to open a Babesia testing laboratory in 2016.

Our specialty laboratories include human leukocyte antigen (HLA) histocompatibility, DNA parentage/relationship testing and immunohematology reference laboratory (IRL) testing. The HLA laboratory performs testing that supports local organ transplant programs, disease association testing, patient and platelet HLA typing and matching, and TRALI mitigation screening for RIBC donors and outside collection facilities. The IRL laboratory supports both RIBC and it’s clients by providing antigen screened red blood cells and patient workups including state-of-the-art genotyping. The DNA laboratory provides DNA testing for both parentage and immigration cases with results that will stand up in court.

Many hospitals and other blood collection programs prefer to send their testing to the Rhode Island Blood Center. We offer quick turnaround times and exceptional customer service. All laboratories are fully licensed and accredited.