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Alliance Laboratory

The Alliance Lab provides phlebotomy, sample processing, clinical laboratory diagnostics and sample referral services to Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA). The Alliance Lab collects specimens for and obtains blood components for transfusion from BloodWorks Northwest. 

Blood transfusion A procedure in which whole blood, or parts of the blood, are put into a patient’s bloodstream through a vein. The blood may be donated by another person, or it may have been taken from the patient. A procedure in which whole blood, or parts of the blood, are put into a patient’s bloodstream through a vein. The blood may be donated by another person, or it may have been taken from the patient and stored until needed. Also called transfusion.

Phlebotomy services are provided to SCCA patients in the Alliance Lab blood draw area at SCCA South Lake Union Blood samples are obtained by peripheral venipuncture, peripherally placed intravenous catheters (PIVs), and central venous access devices, including implanted ports. Alliance Lab nurses may place PIVs and access implanted ports as ordered by physicians for patients undergoing both blood draw, radiological exams and/or infusions on same day appointments at SCCA. The lab also provides technician assistance for bone marrow aspirate specimen collection procedures.

The Alliance Lab is the distribution center for samples with requests for diagnostic tests not performed there. Samples are prepared for transport and sent to the various referral labs including Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center, UW Medicine and Seattle Children’s. The Alliance Lab also stores and distributes blood components for transfusion as requested.

The Alliance Lab also performs:

  • Hematology tests including complete blood count (CBC) and differentials
  • Chemistry tests including electrolytes, proteins, and enzymes
  • Coagulation tests
  • Urinalysis
  • Blood gas analysis

The Alliance Lab hours:

Weekdays, 6 am — 6 pm

Weekends and holidays, 8 am — 4:30 pm

Blood transfusion A procedure in which whole blood, or parts of the blood, are put into a patient’s bloodstream through a vein. The blood may be donated by another person, or it may have been taken from the patient. A procedure in which whole blood, or parts of the blood, are put into a patient’s bloodstream through a vein. The blood may be donated by another person, or it may have been taken from the patient and stored until needed. Also called transfusion. Bone marrow The soft, spongy material in the center of your bones that produces all your blood cells, such as white blood cells, red blood cells and platelets. Infusion An injection of medications or fluids into a vein over a period of time.