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BLOOD DISTRIBUTION CHART TEXT VERSION

Blood Distribution Chart

The Armed Services Blood Distribution System is made up of units/facilities at supporting bases and in the theater of operations.

Blood Distribution

Blood is collected and processed at supporting bases. Joint Services blood donor centers known as Armed Services Blood Bank Centers, U.S. Army Blood Donor Centers, U.S. Air Force Blood Donor Centers, and U.S. Navy Blood Donor Centers (BDCs) send blood collected at their sites to Armed Services Whole Blood Processing Laboratories (ASWBPLs). When necessary, blood may be acquired from civilian blood donor centers. This blood is also sent to the Armed Services Whole Blood Processing Laboratories.

ASWBPLs sends blood into the theater of operations by two methods: 1) pre-positioning some frozen blood at Blood Product Depots (BPDs) 2) sending blood and blood components to Expeditionary Blood Transshipment Systems (EBTS), which then forward the blood products to the Blood Supply Units (BSUs). The EBTS, BPDs and BSUs send blood to the following groups that transfuse blood to those injured in theater:

  • Forward Surgery
  • Theater Hospitals
  • En-route Care
  • U.S. Navy Ships
  • Force Service Support Groups
  • Allied/Coalition Hospitals
Forward surgery units and theater hospitals provide blood to be transfused by first responders (unit level). Force Service Support Groups provide blood to be transfused in U.S. Marine Corps units.

Reports

Reports regarding blood processing, distribution and transfusion are generated by all components. The Armed Services Blood Bank Centers, U.S. Army Blood Donor Centers, U.S. Air Force Blood Donor Centers, and U.S. Navy Blood Donor Centers send reports to the Service Blood Program Offices (SBPO) for the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force. The SBPO send reports to the Armed Services Blood Program Office (ASBPO). The ASWBPL send reports to the ASBPO.

Within theater, the Joint Blood Program Office (JBPO) determines reporting frequency and format. First responders (unit level) send reports to forward surgery units and theater hospitals. U.S. Marine Corps units send reports to Force Service Support Groups. The following groups send reports to Blood Supply Units:
  • Forward Surgery
  • Theater Hospitals
  • En-route Care
  • U.S. Navy Ships
  • Force Service Support Groups
  • Allied/Coalition Hospitals
BPDs send reports to BSUs. BSUs send reports to the EBTS. The EBTS sends reports to the Joint Task Force/ Area Joint Blood Program Offices (AJBPO). The (AJBPOs) send reports to the Combatant Command/ JBPO. The JBPO sends reports to the ASBPO. The ASBPO sends reports to the Joint Staff.

Coordination

The Armed Services Blood Bank Centers, U.S. Army Blood Donor Centers, U.S. Air Force Blood Donor Centers, and U.S. Navy Blood Donor Centers coordinate their efforts with the Service Blood Program Offices for the U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force, and U.S. Navy. When necessary, the Service Blood Program Offices also coordinate with civilian blood donor centers. The Service Blood Program Offices and Armed Services Whole Blood Processing Laboratories coordinate efforts with the Armed Services Blood Program Office. The Combatant Command/ Joint Blood Program Office coordinates efforts with the Armed Services Blood Program Office and the Joint Staff. The Armed Services Blood Program Office coordinates efforts with the Joint Staff.

Blood Distribution Chart