Hospital Services ship and distribute blood and blood components to our valued community partners.  Last year INBC distributed about 45,000 Red Blood Cells, 7,000 Apheresis Platelets 6,000 Fresh Frozen Plasma products and 900 Cryoprecipitate units.

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Storage Unit Failures
In the event of a storage unit failure, components must be moved to appropriate alternative storage.  If alternative storage is not available with a temperature monitoring system that alarms for out of range temperatures, contact Inland Northwest Blood Center Hospital Services to discuss alternative storage at Inland Northwest Blood Center, the use of Inland Northwest Blood Center shipping containers as alternative storage or other suitable solutions.

Please follow the table below if using shipping containers as alternative storage.

Component Type Action
Red Blood Cells (RBCs) • Pack up to 25 RBCs per 14x14x14 (TP-14) shipper.

• Re-ice at least once every 24 hours.

• Temperature must be maintained at 1-6C.

• Take temperature of shipper contents every 4 hours.

Platelets • Pack up to 10 apheresis platelets per E-38UB.

• Do not store off agitation for more than 24 hours.

• Temperature must be maintained at 20-24C.

• Take temperature of shipper contents every 4 hours.

Frozen Components • Pack up to 25 frozen plasma OR up to 50 pooled Cryo OR up to 80 Cryo per 14x14x14 (TP-14) shipper.

• Fill box with dry ice.

• Inspect for thawing and reapply dry ice at least every 24 hours.