Blood transfusions are a critical part of everyday life and assist in saving countless lives each year. The Blood Bank, PSG Hospitals has been functioning since 1990, and was upgraded to a “Components Blood Bank” in the year 2001. The blood bank has a vast array of state of the art equipment for its smooth functioning, which include: Deep Freezers which maintain temperatures of -30 C and -80 C, heavy duty Refrigerated Centrifuge for the separation of components at different speeds, Platelet Agitators, Cryobath, Tube Sealers and Blood Collection Monitors.
All the above equipments have automatic temperature monitors and digital readout systems as well as automatic alarms, with continuous temperature surveillance, which ensure the safety of the blood and components issued from the Blood Bank.
Round the clock transfusion services
Some patients who are scheduled for elective surgery have the option of donating their own blood at the PSG Hospitals blood bank for temporary storage before it is transfused back to them during or after surgery. For those patients who are physically able to donate, autologous donation provides the safest and best matched blood for their transfusion.
There is no information that blood from family members and friends is safer than blood from regular, voluntary donors .However, we understand the concerns that some patients have about blood transfusion and will allow directed donations from friends for patients who request it. We avoid directed donations from blood relatives due to the rare possibility of a Graft versus Host Disease (GVHD). Women of childbearing age should not receive blood from their husbands.
The patients clinical condition may necessitate the need for issue of blood on an emergency basis.
In extreme life threatening emergencies, a phone call to the blood bank will initiate the immediate issue of 2 units of uncrossmatched group O Red Blood Cells. Before administering the uncrossmatched blood, a blood sample for pre – transfusion testing must be drawn. This sample must be sent to the PSG Hospitals Blood Bank to be used to rule out Bombay Blood Group / to order subsequent blood for the patient.
If the patients condition allows time to determine blood group, emergency uncrossmatched blood, can be requested. When asking for uncross matched blood, the ordering physicians signature and justification are required.
If the patients condition is stable but an expedited crossmatch is needed, an immediate spin crossmatch will be done, and the rest of the crossmatch will be done while the blood is in transit.
Dr.Prasanna N Kumar MD
Dept. of Pathology
Phone: 2570170 / 2598822 (Extn.5805)