KING EDWARD MEMORIAL HOSPITAL

Seth Gordhandas Sunderdas Medical College

Acharya Donde Marg, Parel,
Mumbai 400 012. India.
Tel.: 91-22-2410 7000 Fax: 91-22-2414 3435

Services :

 

Under the supervision of the Faculty, technical supervisors, technicians, medical social workers, staff nurses, clerical staff and support staff are working in various sections of the department.

  • Collection of blood from donors:

The Department collects blood from voluntary blood donors . More than 150 blood donation camps are conducted annually with  various voluntary organizations, colleges, corporate offices and many more. Besides this, blood is also collected from blood donors who come to the blood bank for donation. The annual blood collection at the blood bank is 36,000 units

  • Providing properly grouped and crossmatched blood
    All blood units are processed for cell and serum grouping by an automated computerised microwell blood grouping system. Serum grouping confirms findings of cell grouping and also detects rare atypical antibodies. Confirmatory testing (Du test) is done on all units which test as Rh negative to rule out weak or partial Rh groups.
  • Detection of transfusion transmitted infections – HIV, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, Syphilis and Malaria
    Each and every blood unit collected is tested. Detection of anti-HIV-1 & -2 and Hepatitis is done by sensitive ELISA kits using automated washers and computerised ELISA readers.
  • Ensuring optimal utilisation of blood by preparing blood components
    Almost all the blood collected is separated into the various blood components as depicted in the process flow chart below. The Blood Bank has sophisticated equipments viz. Special, large, refrigerated programmable centrifuges and automated plasma expressors as well as experienced staff for the separation of these components in the closed-system sterile PVC blood bags.
  • Proper preservation of blood
    All blood units are preserved at 2-6 ° C, in a well-designed walk-in cooler (Cold Room) equipped with a continuous temperature monitor and alarm facility. Plasma and Cryo-precipitate are preserved in large freezers maintaining temperature below -30° C, while platelet concentrates are kept on a special rotator for continuous slow agitation which is essential for their proper functioning.
  • Prompt and appropriate disposal of unsafe blood
    All units of blood suspected to harbour infectious agents or be sub-optimal for any reason are carefully autoclaved at the Blood Bank and destroyed by incineration at the Municipal incinerator.
  • Promptly provide blood, round the clock

The Blood Bank crossmatches and issues blood and components continuously, all the twenty-four hours, thus making it available during all the emergency hours.

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