Blood and Organ Banks

Blood and Organ Banks

Overview

The 1,500 blood and organ banks in the US collect, store, and distribute blood and blood products, organs, and tissues. Blood banks and organ banks are non-profit organizations. Tissue banks and plasma banks can operate as for-profit entities. Blood and organ banks may have contracts with hospitals, healthcare providers, pharmaceutical companies, or other organizations.

Limited Sources of Supply

Supply of blood, organs, and tissue is dependent on the availability of donors, which is well beyond the control of the industry.

Extremely Perishable Inventory

Blood, organs, and tissue are extremely perishable and require specialized removal processes and storage conditions.