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Autologous, Directed & Therapeutic Services

Autologous, Directed, and Therapeutic Collections

LifeSouth offers autologous and directed donations for cases of medical need. A physician order must be provided to LifeSouth and approved prior to these types of donations.

Therapeutic phlebotomy is offered at our donation centers with a valid physician order. In many cases, such as hereditary hemochromatosis and testosterone therapy, products from these donations may be utilized for patients in need if the donor meets all other volunteer blood donation criteria. Inpatient therapeutic phlebotomy is also offered through our Therapeutic Apheresis program.

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Therapeutic Apheresis Information

LifeSouth offers therapeutic apheresis services by trained nursing staff. Under the oversight of board-certified transfusion medicine physicians, we can work with your facility to perform procedures such as plasma exchanges, red cell exchanges, and white cell depletions. Working in partnership with our Immunohematology Reference Laboratory, our team can provide antigen-negative red blood cells for even the most complex sickle cell patients in need of exchange therapy. All of our therapeutic apheresis team staff specialize in apheresis procedures and work in compliance with the requirements of AABB and ASFA.

Medical consultation is available 24/7 for your staff by board-certified LifeSouth transfusion medicine physicians.

Our program provides a comprehensive variety of procedures, including:

  • Plasma Exchange
  • Red Blood Cell Exchange and Depletion
  • Leukapheresis
  • Platelet Reduction

Some examples of conditions we commonly treat include:

  • Myasthenia gravis (MG)
  • Guillain-Barr√© syndrome (AIDP)
  • Chronic acquired demyelinating polyneuropathies (CADP)
  • Thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP)
  • Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis (FSGS)
  • Antibody mediated transplant rejections (AMR)
  • Sickle cell disease
  • Hyperviscosity