Immunohematology Reference Laboratory

The Immunohematology Reference Laboratory at Rhode Island Blood Center is AABB accredited.

Sample Referrals

  1. Antibody Detection and Identification – Tube and MTS Gel Testing
  2. Investigation of incompatibility of units
  3. Hemolytic Disease of the Fetus and Newborn
  4. Delayed Hemolytic Tranfusion Reactions
  5. Investigation of Warm Autoantibodies
  6. Investigation of Cold Autoantibodies
  7. Polyagglutination investigations
  8. Reagent Reactivity investigations
  9. Resolution of ABO discrepancies
  10. Resolution of discrepant Red Blood Cell typing results
  11. Red Blood Cell Phenotyping – Including treatment of Red Blood Cells with a positive DAT and reticulocyte separation
  12. Suspect drug problem testing and evaluation
  13. Red Blood Cell genotyping by BioArray

The Reference Laboratory is open 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. A Reference Laboratory Technologist is also available during off hours and weekends for consultation and emergency patient referrals.

Provision of Antigen Negative Blood

The Reference Laboratory maintains an extensive inventory of antigen-negative blood, both liquid and frozen. These units can be shipped throughout the United States and are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. A Reference Laboratory technologist is on-call during off-hours to answer any questions with these requests.

Rhode Island Blood Center Antibody Registry

The Reference Laboratory maintains a database via the internet available to all its clients. The HIPAA/HITECH compliant database contains all Reference cases with antibody identifications and other relevant information regarding the patient. The database can be viewed 24 hours a day, seven days a week by approved users.

For questions regarding services, testing or pricing provided by the Reference Laboratory, please call the Laboratory Supervisor at 401-453-8324 or email