The Central Illinois Community Blood Center provides the blood needs
of 12 partner hospitals in central Illinois, and serves 87 hospitals in four states with Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center. To
learn more about the CICBC partner hospitals, please click on the following
Established in 1947, AABB is an international, not-for-profit association
dedicated to the advancement of science and the practice of transfusion
medicine and related biological therapies. The association is committed
to improving health by developing and delivering standards, accreditation
and educational programs and services that optimize patient and
donor care and safety. AABB membership consists of approximately
1,800 institutions and 8,000 individuals, including physicians,
scientists, administrators, medical technologists, nurses, researchers,
blood donor recruiters and public relations personnel. Members are
located in all 50 states and 80 foreign countries.
America’s Blood Centers is North America’s largest network
of non-profit community blood centers. The ABC serves 75 community
blood centers in the U.S. and one in Canada. This national association
provides a wide range of programs and support for the regional blood
centers including: national awareness campaigns, regulatory affairs,
medical issues, resource sharing, group purchasing national programs,
educational programs, grants, public relations, quality management
issues and Federal regulation and training programs.
Transplantation is one of the most remarkable success stories in
the history of medicine. It provides hope to thousands of people
with organ failure and hundreds of thousands of people in need of
tissue transplants. Unfortunately, the need for organ and tissue
donors is much greater than the number of people who actually donate.
One donor can save or improve the lives of more than 25 people.
To become an organ and tissue donor, sign a donor card and, most
importantly, tell your family to ensure your wishes will be carried
out. For more information, contact Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue
Donor Network at www.giftofhope.org or 888/307-DON8. Gift of Hope
is the federally designated not-for-profit organ procurement organization
(OPO) dedicated to coordinating organ and tissue donation in the
northern three-quarters of Illinois and northwest Indiana.
The FDA is a Federal government agency with a wide range of programs
and services. FDA regulates blood donations and blood products.
The FDA has the vital role of ensuring that the 3.5 million patients
who receive a blood transfusion in a year are protected by five
layers of over-lapping safeguards. This FDA blood-safety system
includes: donor screening, blood testing, donor lists, quarantines
and deals with problems and deficiencies.
My Blood Your Blood is a tremendous educational program of America’s
Blood Centers. It is a turnkey program designed for students to
learn more about biology, blood circulation and the importance of
blood in the body. My Blood Your Blood is an award-winning science
education in the amazing journey of blood in our bodies. The program
was designed by a team of physicians and educators as a low-prep
time, turnkey program for the classroom or the home-school environment.
Through sophisticated animation and microscopy, the My Blood, Your
Blood program captures the imagination of students of all ages and
helps foster an interest in science. The program also emphasizes
the value of community service through blood donation and the importance
of a healthy lifestyle. The program is free to schools and families.