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Blood products

The Finnish Red Cross Blood Service (FRCBS) is centrally responsible for Finland's national blood service functions. The gift from an unnamed donor is processed into blood products at the Kivihaka Blood Centre in Helsinki.

The main preparations include leukocyte-free red cell and platelet preparations (thrombocytes). In addition, the centre at Kivihaka prepares several patient-group-specific preparations for, for example, newborn infants.

 With the help of reference laboratory operations, the availability of blood preparations is also ensured for people with rare blood group characteristics. The plasma separated from whole blood is delivered to foreign co-operation partners for further processing into plasma-derived medicinal products.

 One of the Blood Service's key values is putting the donor's gift for a patient to as efficient use as possible. This means a flexible, reliable and efficient blood collection and blood product manufacturing process, with centralised ERP system, high delivery reliability, centralised laboratory operations supporting the manufacturing process, and operating on a 24/7 basis.