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Blood Bank and Transfusion Medicine Division

 


Overview

The Division of Transfusion Medicine (Blood Bank) at MCC provides clinical services to support patients in need of blood component therapy, apheresis components, stem cell collection, therapeutic apheresis, irradiation of blood and specialized laboratory diagnostics. The aim of a Blood Bank is to provide effective blood components, which are as safe as possible, and adequate to meet the patients need.
This is one of the most well equipped blood bank in the North Malabar region and caters also to outside patients of hospitals in and around Thalassery & Kannur. From 2010, the centre had achieved 100% issue of blood components.

The division organizes blood donation camps to meet the demands of the hospital. In addition, blood grouping & awareness classes are conducted routinely, thereby generating greater public interest in blood donation and transfusion related diseases.
The blood bank participates in External Quality Assurance Program organized by BEQAS, Jaipur. The Blood Bank is staffed adequately who are qualified and well trained and located at an easily accessible point within the hospital.

Facilities

  • A spacious blood donation complex with dedicated donor couches.
  • A dedicated Apheresis Room with three cell separators
  • Fully Automated Blood Grouping and Crossmatch equipment
  • Automated Blood Component Extractor to prepare Buffy Coat Depleted Blood Components
  • Flow Cytometry testing for Hematological Malignancies, CD34 Cell Count & PNH
  • HLA Typing for Bone Marrow Transplantation
  • Leukodepletion of Blood Components
  • Irradiation of blood using dedicated Gamma Irradiator
  • Blood for Pediatric patients in aliquots using Sterile Connecting Device


Services

  • Blood components: Packed Red Blood Cells (PRBC), Fresh Frozen Plasma (FFP), Platelet Concentrates (PC), Cryoprecipitate (Cryo) and Cryo Poor Plasma (CPP) with facilities for leukodepletion, irradiation and washed blood
  • Apheresis blood – Single Donor Platelets (SDP)
  • Stem Cell Collection, Processing, Cryopreservation
  • Immunohematology tests- Blood Grouping, Direct & Indirect Coombs Test, Antibody Titration
  • Clinical Transfusion Practice
  • Therapeutic Apheresis- Plasma Exchange, Leukapheresis, Red Cell Exchange
  • Therapeutic Phlebotomy

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