The Blood Service in brief
The Finnish Red Cross Blood Service is the nationwide blood service provider in Finland. Our services comprise recruiting blood donors, organising blood donation, collecting blood and testing the donated blood. We use the donated blood to make cellular blood products which we then deliver to hospitals for use in treating patients. We also operate a Bone Marrow Donor Registry and a Cord Blood Bank.
A highly professional and effective organisation, excellent donor relations and co-operation with health-care staff and regulatory authorities ensures the success in achieving our goals. Together we create potential to enhance patients' quality of life and to save lives.
An independent organisation within the Finnish Red Cross
The Blood Service is a financially and operationally independent section of the Finnish Red Cross. We are a not-for-profit organisation, and our prime concern is what is best for the patient. The income from selling hospitals the products and services we provide are used to cover the operating expenses and investments. In 2010, our net sales amounted to 66 million euros. More information about the economy is in our annual report.
Our operations are subject to the Finnish Blood Service Act and other regulations, including the EU Blood Safety Directive. In Finland, we are supervised by the National Agency for Medicines.
Products and services for the Finnish health-care sector
The Blood Service provides Finnish hospitals with various blood products and blood-derived drugs for treating patients. We also offer hospitals laboratory services, such as blood group testing and investigations related to organ transplantation and blood coagulation. Other laboratory testing carried out by the Blood Service include, for instance, blood group antibody screening of all pregnant women in Finland.
Our specialist staff provides consultation for doctors and other health-care professionals. As an important aspect of haemovigilance, i.e. surveillance of the safety of the entire transfusion chain, we collect data of transfusion-related adverse effects.
Donor centres and mobile blood collection units
The Blood Service employs permanently some 500 people. Most of the staff work at the Helsinki Blood Centre in Kivihaka, which also houses many functions of the Blood Service, such as laboratory services, quality control and support operations. The regional centres and other donor centres of the Blood Service employ approximately a hundred people at 16 locations.
In addition to donor centres, blood can be donated at sessions run by mobile blood collection units. Such sessions are arranged annually, or even monthly, in almost every town and rural district in Finland, as well as in many workplaces, educational institutions and military garrisons.
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