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Blood Bank

  1. Blood Bank is licenced by Drug Controller General of India for whole blood and Single donor platelets donation.Blood Bank is operational 24X7,365 days a year with the aim of providing right blood at right time to the right patient.

  2. Blood is a therapeutic fluid and high standards are maintained right from donation process to transfusion to patients. Stringent donor selection criteria are followed to maintain donor safety and transfusion safety.Predonation counselling is done to defer high risk donor .Donated blood is tested with 4th Generation HIV,HCV,HBV Elisa ,TPHA and ICT Malaria for blood safety.Grouping and cross matching is performed by semiautomatic gel technique for reliable results.All muti-transfused and thalassaemic patients are given extended phenotyped matched blood.

  3. Blood Bank is participating in various External quality assurance scheme and all the equipment’s are regularly calibrated and standard operating procedures are followed to ensure quality at every step.

  4. Facility of theurapeutic phlebotomy is provided at patient bedside and in Blood bank.

  5. Our motto is that no patient dies because of want of blood and no surgery is postponed because of unavailability of blood.

  6. Blood Bank is fully equipped and have facility to perform the following tests for better donor and patient safety

    1. Hb Estimation -point of care test with one drop of blood

    2. ABO/Rh Blood grouping

    3. Indirect Coomb test

    4. Direct Coomb test

    5. Du testing

    6. Antenatal antibody screening

    7. DAT Screening for IgG,IgA,IgM,C3C,C3d component

    8. Rh & kell phenotyping

    9. Anti A &Anti B IgG+ IgM titer

    10. Screening of donor by IV generation HIV ,HBsAg,HCV Elisa test

    11. ICT Malaria

    12. Syphillis test by TPHA Card test

    13. Extended antigen profile testing ie P,Lea,Lea,Lua,Lub,k,Kpa,Kpb,Jka,Jkb,M,N,S,s and Fya,Fyb.

  7. Stringent donor screening and predonation counselling of all blood donors as we strive that not a single patient should get Transmission Transmitted Infection

  8. Post donation Counselling of all reactive donors.

  9. Plateletpheresis facility: Blood is drawn from donor and separated in to components. Platelets are retained and rest of the components are given back to the donor.This facility is very useful during dengue season when demand of platelets is very high.

  10. Besides facility to store blood at optimum temperature of 2 to 6 degree C ,Blood Bank have facility to store platelets at 22 Degree C and FFP at -30 Degree C

  11. Blood Bank is well equipped to organise voluntary blood donation camp and have portable Blood donor couch and portable Blood collection monitor.

  12. Blood bank is participating in various External quality assurance scheme to ensure quality and safety. All the equipment’s of blood Bank are operational and under CMC. Equipment’s are calibrated by equipment manufacturer and 3rd party NABL accredited Lab.

  13. Blood Bank is also participating in Haemovigilance programme of India where central registry of adverse donor reaction and adverse transfusion reaction is maintained and analysed for policy change.

  14. To have better coordination with departments using blood ,Hospital transfusion committee is formulated and regular meeting are held for better transfusion safety

FAQs on Blood Donation

  1. Why should I donate blood?

    Blood is needed for patients who have lost blood in an accident or during operation.Patient with thallasemia, bleeding disorders, severe anemia, cancer etc also require blood frequently. Blood may be needed during or following childbirth or for an exchange transfusion in newborn babiesThere is no substitute for human blood and blood for humans comes from humans only.

  2. Who can donate blood?

    Any healthy person between 18 – 65 years , weight of more than 45 kg and Hemoglobin of 12.5gm/dl or more can donate blood.

  3. How much time will it take to donate blood?

    It takes only 4 -6 minutes to donate blood. The whole donation process from the time you walk in, until the time you leave blood bank, usually takes 30 minutes. So plan to spare 30 Minutes for blood donation.

  4. Is there anything special I need to do before donating blood?

    Prospective donor should have meal or snack and drink plenty of fluid ,at least 4 hours before donation.

  5. Will I feel dizzy or weak due to blood donation?

    No,Your haemoglobin level shall be estimated with a drop of blood and you will be medically examined prior to taking blood donation hence there is no question of feeling weak or dizzy.

  6. Will It hurt when I donate blood?

    You will feel just a little sting when needle is inserted but there is no pain during rest of the blood donation. You get immense satisfaction that your gesture had saved someone’s life.

  7. How much and how frequently can I donate blood?

    Healthy male can donate one unit of blood (350 ml) in 3 months and female in every 4 months without any adverse effect on their heath.

  8. What will happen to my donated blood?

    Donated blood will be tested for HIV, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C viruses, Venereal disease, Malaria and antibody Screening along with Blood grouping. If blood is not infectious it will be issued to the patient depending on the requirement.

  9. Is it possible to get HIV /AIDS from blood donation?

    No One can’t get AIDS or any other infectious disease by donating blood. All the supplies used for blood donation right from needle to blood collecting bag, finger prick needles are sterile and disposable and are discarded and can’t be reused.

  10. How long will it take my body to replenish the donated blood?

    Body will replace the blood volume within 24 hours.

FAQs on Platelets Donation

  1. What is Apheresis platelets or SDP?

    Apheresis platelets or single donor platelets are platelets, taken from single donor with the help of apheresis machine. In apheresis machine, blood is separated into components and platelets are withdrawn and rest of the constituents of the donor are returned to the donor circulation. Procedure is called Plateletpheresis.

  2. Who needs platelets?

    Platelets are tiny cells in our blood that forms clots and stop bleeding. Platelets need to be transfused when count of platelets are below critical level to stop or prevent bleeding as in cases of dengue fever, cancer patients undergone chemotherapy, drug induced platelets deficiency and patients receiving organ transplant or Bone marrow transplant .

  3. What it is like to donate platelets?

    1. A relatively small amount of blood is drawn from donor arm and goes into a machine called apheresis machine/blood cell separator.

    2. This blood is rapidly spun which forces the platelets to separate from the other blood components.

    3. The platelets are collected into a sterile single bag. Meanwhile the rest of the blood constituents are returned to donor circulation.

    4. This process is repeated 4 - 6 times depending on the donor’s platelets count.

  4. How much time the Plateletpheresis procedure takes?

    Plateletpheresis procedure takes around 45 -60 minutes and duration depends on the platelets count of donor.

  5. Who can donate apheresis/SDP platelets?

    A blood donor who fulfills the following criteria can donate apheresis/SDP platelets.

    1. Age between 18 to 50 years.

    2. Weight more than 60 kgs.

    3. Platelets count more than 1.5 lakhs/cumm.

  6. What are prerequisites for apheresis/SDP donation?

    1. Besides the above- mentioned criteria, apheresis/SDP donor should not have taken aspirin containing medication prior to 48 hours of donation.

    2. Donor should have prominent vein for procedure which shall be examined by blood bank staff.

    3. Donor should not be suffering from any disease.

    4. Donor should have good night’s rest prior to the donation.

  7. What are the advantages of transfusing apheresis/SDP platelets to the patient?

    Apheresis/SDP platelets have high number of platelets (around 3×10") and one unit is sufficient to fulfill the requirement of a patient. Since platelets from single donors are transfused instead of platelets from 4-6 donors, there is very less chance of transfusion transmitted infections.

  8. Does donating platelets hurt?

    No, only a slight pinch of needle is felt while inserting needle. A small needle is used for a platelet donation compared to a traditional whole blood donation.

  9. How often can one donate Apheresis/Single donor Platelets?

    It is safe to donate 24 times in a year, twice a week with at least 48 hours gap from previous plateletpheresis procedure.

NRCH - Blood Bank