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DOD I 6480.4

2012 Edition, August 13, 2012

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Armed Services Blood Program Operational Procedures

Includes all amendments and changes through Change/Amendment , August 13, 2012

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PURPOSE. This Instruction:

a. Reissues DoD Instruction (DoDI) 6480.04 (Reference (a)) in accordance with the authority in DoD Directive (DoDD) 5136.01 (Reference (b)) and DoDI 5025.01 (Reference (c)) to implement policy established in DoDD 6000.12E (Reference (d)), assign responsibilities, and prescribe procedures to carry out the responsibilities of the Armed Services Blood Program (ASBP) during peacetime, contingency, and wartime operations.

b. Prescribes the mobilization planning process for blood and blood products (class VIIIB) in support of geographic Combatant Commanders with the support of the Commander of U.S. Transportation Command. Planning factors do not include electrolytes, colloids, or fluid requirements.

c. Establishes the requirement for publishing, procurement, and utilization, by military blood bank facilities, of the AABB (formerly known as the American Association of Blood Banks) Standards for Blood Banks and Transfusion Services (Reference (e)), and AABB Technical Manual (TM) (Reference (f)).

d. Prescribes guidance for the establishment and implementation of blood bank procedures by the military blood bank facilities, as appropriate, in accordance with title 21, Code of Federal Regulations (Reference (g)).

APPLICABILITY. This Instruction:

a. Applies to OSD, the Military Departments, the Office of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Joint Staff, the Combatant Commands, the Office of the Inspector General of the Department of Defense, the Defense Agencies, and the DoD Field Activities, and all other organizational entities within the DoD (hereinafter referred to as the "DoD Components"). The term "Military Services," as used herein, refers to the Army, the Navy, the Air Force, and the Marine Corps.

b. Applies to all DoD Component blood programs and the Armed Services Blood Program Office (ASBPO) to include:

(1) The collection, processing, distribution, and use of blood and its components by military facilities on a local or regional basis in accordance with the policies of the respective Military Services.

(2) The procurement of blood and its components, for military use, from sources outside the DoD.

c. Applies to the maintenance and implementation by the ASD(HA), the ASBPO, the Military Services, and the geographic Combatant Commands of plans to provide for the activities in subparagraphs 2.b.(1) and 2.b.(2) of this section.

d. Applies to research and development programs devoted to progress and improvement in the areas of blood products, plasma volume expanders, blood substitutes, and the techniques, facilities, and materiel related thereto.