Apheresis Unit

Iraqi Specialist Center is The first private hospital in Iraq has Apheresis Unit [Optia] most advance one.

What We Do:

The Apheresis Unit is dedicated to provide various apheresis procedures such as:

  • Peripheral blood stem cell collections
  • Photopheresis
  • Plasmapheresis and
  • Red cell exchange

At the Apheresis Unit, experts on your team work closely with you to ensure you get the best care possible.

All stem cell donors are required to have a blood test looking for infections that may be
transmitted in blood.

The infections that are tested for are:
o Hepatitis B
o Hepatitis C
o Cytomegalovirus (CMV)
o Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
o Human T Cell Lymphotropic Virus types 1 and 2 (HTLV)
o Treponema Pallidum (syphilis)
o Varicella Zoster Virus (VZV)
o Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV)
o Epstein Barr Virus (EBV).

The Day of Your Stem Cell Collection (at Iraqi Specialist Center):

1. Please avoid caffeine (eg. coffee and tea) the morning of your collection. Also, if possible hold any
diuretics (Lasix, furosemide, HCTZ, hydrochlorothiazide, water pills) until after your collection. Limit your
fluid intake in the mornings of any collection days. The reason for this is that while you are attached to
the collection machine you cannot get up and go to the washroom. It is recommended to eat a good
breakfast high in calcium prior to the collection (example milk, yogurt and cheese).
2. Please report FIRST to the Diagnostic Test Center, no later than 7:00 am to have your blood
work drawn.
3. After your blood-work has been drawn, please feel free to spend time in Iraqi Specialist Center as the Apheresis Unit opens at 8:30 am.
4. Please proceed to the Apheresis Unit at 8:30 am. Check in with the main reception at the Apheresis Unit who will register you and direct you to a patient room.
5. Travel
Please discuss with the physician and/or nurse at the time of your physical assessment any travel restrictions that may apply following your collection. If you plan to travel by air, please discuss this first with your doctor and/or nurse at your first clinic visit. Please note some travel restrictions may apply
following collection.
6. Follow-up after the Donation
We recommend that one month after the donation you see your family doctor for blood work. At this
appointment your family doctor should check your basic blood work to make sure that everything has
returned back to normal.