Blood Bank section consists of the following:
service is open 6 days a week. Prospective donors are asked to complete a questionnaire before donating. In 1999 the number of blood units donated was 4,191, of
which 3,068 were patient-related.
- Component preparation, where whole blood is processed and separated into:
- Leukocyte reduced SAGM units.
- Fresh frozen plasma (1,335 prepared 1999)
- Liquid plasma
- Platelets concentrate (1,718 prepared 1999)
- Cryo precipitate (140 prepared 1999)
- For Plateletpheresis we use a COBE Spectra.
For 1999, the number of patients transfused was 1,368, the total number of units transfused (RBC) was 3,170, Platelets transfused was 741 and Cryo transfused was 98.
- Routinely the following tests are performed in the Donor screening unit:
- ABO RH type and antibody screening.
- Anti HCV
- Anti HIV I/II
- Anti HTLVI/II
- Sickle cell screen
- G6PD screen
- Main laboratory where the following tests and activities are performed:
- Routine ABO-RH type and crossmatching.
- Prenatal and Post-natal evaluation.
- Cord sample screening.
- Evaluation of warm and cold autoimmune haemolytic anaemia specimen.
- Evaluation of transfusion reaction.
- Issue of blood products.
The section runs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Internal Quality Controls are performed daily with external DIAMED QC.