Founded in 1943, United Blood Services is a nonprofit organization that provides blood and special services to patients in more than 500 hospitals in over 18 U.S. states. The organization uses a special blood collection technology to customize the donation process. It offers component therapy and transfusion medicine services. United Blood Services also distributes a variety of blood components and derivatives. The organization provides autologous and directed donations, as well as special and therapeutic collections. In addition, it operates a library that houses reference materials and offers various continuing education programs. United Blood Services is a part of Blood Systems, which is one of the leading organizations in the blood banking industry.