About the Nicholas G. Xiarhos Blood Center at Cape Cod Hospital
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The Nicholas G. Xiarhos Blood Center is literally the lifeblood for Hyannis and Falmouth Hospitals – and the Cape Cod community. Twenty-four hours a day, every day of the year, the blood center, located at Cape Cod Hospital, meets the needs of our surgeons, emergency rooms, oncologists, pediatricians.
The Blood Center is open weekdays form 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. for whole blood donations. Platelet donations are scheduled by appointment.
We collect and store all the blood that arrives through local donations or by purchasing from off-Cape sources. We maintain the supply pipeline 24/7, testing all blood for compatibility in our blood laboratory.
The Nicholas G. Xiarhos Blood Center also promotes blood education programs, especially in our local schools. Additionally, the Blood Center manages our bloodmobile, expanding the capacity for blood drives across the Cape.
The blood center banks about 240 units of red cells in Hyannis and another 100 in Falmouth and keeps at least one week’s worth of blood on hand at all times. Each unit collected or purchased will last 42 days, creating a never-ending challenge to maintain sufficient supply.
The blood center collects about 70 percent of our required supply locally, from blood drives attended by our generous Cape Cod donors. The rest must be purchased directly from our primary source, the Rhode Island Blood Bank, and from the American Red Cross.