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The Department of Transfusion Medicine (Blood Bank) of Sir H. N. Reliance Foundation Hospital and Research Centre is situated on the 3rd floor of Kapol Niwas building. It is licensed by the Food and Drug Administration, a member of the State Blood Transfusion Council and is also a member of the Federation of Blood Bank.
We aim to be able to provide the best blood transfusion practices available in the world which would ensure highest quality of services, operating efficiencies, donor satisfaction and improved patient care.
The department plays a vital role in patient care and is actively associated with rational use of blood and blood components. A team of committed doctors, well trained medical staff and trained counsellors ensure good practices in all aspects of blood transfusion including donor selection procedures, donor bleeding, component preparation while performing serological procedures for blood group and screening for transfusion transmitted infections.
The Blood Bank at Sir H. N. Reliance Foundation Hospital and Research Centre endeavours to supply safest possible blood and blood components every time. Ensuring safety begins with diligent check of donor’s medical history, physical examination. Each unit is tested for HIV 1 & 2, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, Syphilis and Malaria using the best of technology and methods. There is additional layer of safety provided by subjecting each unit to nucleic acid testing. There are few centres in the country which use this technology.
The immunohaematology laboratory performs donor and patient blood group analysis, Rh phenotyping, antibody screening and antibody identification using a fully-automated system from Immucor. Advanced work-up such as auto/allo adsorption, elution, extended antigen typing and platelet crossmatch are undertaken to solve difficult cases.
Other advanced technologies like leucocyte reduction, irregular antibody screen, irradiation, etc. are also available – these help in reducing the chances of adverse reactions. Use of sterile connecting device makes it possible for us to provide blood components in aliquots for paediatric transfusions.
Apheresis: The area is equipped with fully-automated cell separator which can be programmed to produce various components and perform various therapeutic procedures. The various procedures undertaken include Platelet pheresis, plasmapheresis and granulocyte pheresis.
The blood bank is licensed to prepare the following :