Immunohematology Reference Laboratory (IRL)

OKC: 405-297-5654, Fax: 405-297-5639          Tulsa: 918-477-0445, Fax: 918-477-0446
Fort Smith: 479-452-5861, Fax: 479-452-0572

Feel confident in the services of our renowned IRL lab:

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  • 1 of less than 60 AABB-accredited reference labs in the world and the only one in Oklahoma
  • 25,000 rare donors in our IRL database for availability of rare units at all times
  • 3 locations – Oklahoma City, Tulsa & Fort Smith
  • Staffed 24/7 by certified medical technologists (MT)
  • Directed by a board certified specialist in blood banking (SBB)
  • Led by medical directors who are board certified in Transfusion Medicine
  • Available to member hospitals at any time for consultation
A Clinical Laboratory Request for Consultation form should be completed for each test ordered.

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Specimen Collection
  • Follow proper phlebotomy techniques defined by your facility.
Tube Labeling Requirements
  • Patient’s first and last name
  • Social Security number or MR# (same identifier must be used on both specimen and request form if tagged, cross matched units are requested)
  • Specimen collection date and time
  • Phlebotomist initials
Specimen Storage and Transport Requirements
  • Place properly labeled specimens in a biohazard bag.
  • Place requisition in the outside pocket of biohazard bag.
  • Call the Clinical Laboratory to request specimen pick-up. (contact information above)
Specimen acceptability and rejection
  • Specimens should not be drawn into serum separator tubes.
  • Send specimens unprocessed.  Specimens should not be separated into other tubes.
  • Specimens should be free of hemolysis.  Grossly hemolyzed specimens will be rejected.
  • Specimens should be full tubes.  If there is not adequate volume of specimen, a resubmission fee will be charged.

Bob Grant