The Blood Bank at Uttara Crescent Hospital, established in 2006, is a government-licensed facility committed to providing safe blood and blood components. It serves the patients of Uttara Crescent Hospital and neighboring medical institutions. Operating 24/7, it offers emergency services for both indoor and outdoor patients, as well as blood donors.
Importance of Blood Transfusion:
Blood transfusion is a critical medical therapy used in various treatment protocols. It is a life-saving intervention for conditions such as massive blood loss, major surgeries, aplastic anemia, leukemia undergoing chemotherapy, and transfusion-dependent genetic conditions like thalassemia major. The safe and appropriate administration of blood and its components is crucial for successful treatment.
Transfusion Medicine Department Services:
The Transfusion Medicine Department is dedicated to ensuring the safe and appropriate use of blood. Key services include:
Blood grouping, screening, and cross-matching for patients and donors.
Detection of irregular antibodies in patients.
Warm and cold autoantibody detection.
Rhesus “D” Antibody Detection test.
Blood component preparation.
Donor selection, motivation, and counseling, with post-donation care and refreshment.
Blood Donor Criteria:
To maintain the safety of blood donation, the following criteria are observed:
Age between 18 to 50 years.
Good health with no recent serious illness.
Weight at least 50 kg.
Hemoglobin levels of at least 12.5 g/dL for women and 13.0 g/dL for men.
Normal temperature, blood pressure, and pulse.
No recent vaccinations or living virus exposure.
Successful completion of a physical and health history exam.
Instructions for Blood Donation:
Prior to blood donation, donors are advised:
Not to donate on an empty stomach.
Allow 20-30 minutes after a meal.
Ensure good sleep the night before.
Avoid donation with fever, antibiotic or blood thinner use.
Drink water before donation.
Avoid alcohol 14 days before donation.
Refrain from smoking half an hour before donation.
After blood donation, donors are instructed to:
Consume food and drink before leaving.
Stay hydrated for the next 4 hours.
Raise the arm and apply pressure if bleeding occurs.
Lie down or sit with the head between the knees in case of fainting or dizziness.
Seek medical attention if symptoms persist.
Tests Conducted Before Blood Donation:
Standard tests performed include:
ABO blood type.
Rh typing (positive or negative antigen).
Screening for unexpected red blood cell antibodies.
Screening for infections (Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, HIV, Malaria, Syphilis).
Blood Components Available:
Additional Blood Bank Services:
At Uttara Crescent Hospital, we are committed to maintaining the highest standards in blood banking and transfusion medicine to ensure the safety and well-being of our patients. Your health is our priority.