Blood Bank refers to a center where the blood which is collected from blood donations is stored and preserved for blood transfusions. A blood bank is a division of a hospital where the blood products are stored and proper testing is performed on them to reduce the risks of adverse events during transfusion. A blood bank can also be referred to a collection center as hospitals also collect through blood donations. The Fortis Escorts Heart Institute has a licensed and NABH Accredited Blood Bank which is committed to ensure availability of sufficient quantity of safe blood / components using state of the art technology for transfusion to patients.
Use of Blood
- Genotype based blood grouping and cross-matching on fully automated, computerized Immunohaematology system.
- Converting all donated blood into components, for appropriate use of blood.
- Collecting blood from safe, regular, voluntary non remunerative blood donors from low risk population.
- Ensure safety against blood transfusion reactions by leucodepletion and abnormal antibody detection.
- Ensure safety against blood transfusion transmissible diseases by latest techniques including Chemiluminescence and NAT Testing.
The blood bank has an effective quality system, standard operating procedures, highly qualified staff and state of the art equipment to ensure implementation of the above strategies. Regular interaction with the major users of blood is done. Effective quality assurance is essential to ensure transfusion of safe, high quality blood and its components.
National Accreditation Board for Hospitals and Healthcare providers (the highest quality assurance wing of Quality Counsel of India), after a thorough check of processes and procedures being practiced at Fortis Escorts Heart Institute Blood Bank appreciated the high standards being maintained and were pleased to grant NABH accreditation. The Blood Bank was amongst the first few in the country to achieve this honor.
With a highly equipped & spacious exercise therapy & Cardiac Rehabilitation room, our highly advanced blood bank is capable of processing:
- Whole human blood
- Fresh frozen plasma
- Packed Red Blood cells
- Leucocyte depleted red cells
- Platelet concentrates
- Platelet Pheresis
The blood bank has state of the art equipment, fully automated, walk-away systems to reduce the human errors. To meet the International Standards of safety, the blood bank provides blood and components which are NAT tested, leuco depleted and antibody detected. Blood grouping, Rh phenotyping, antibody detection and electronic cross-match are done on automated machines in addition to the routine disease markers tests. The calibration of machines / validation of results are carried out regularly to meet NABH and JCI criteria by way of External / Internal controls and meet the international standards. Majority of the donors are voluntary, meeting strict criteria of selection. Donors to Recipient chain are regulated with Bar-Code System.
The services of the blood bank are available 24x7 including Sundays and Holidays. In addition to the in-house services the blood bank provides support to the other affiliated hospitals for their need of blood/blood components.
Benefits Of Blood Donation
It refreshes your blood every 3 months
Every time you donate blood, your body makes new blood cells, thus refreshing your body's blood. And of course the pride of saving a life is always there.
To fight a cancer be a blood donor
Excess iron stored in your body can be a cause of cancer. Donating blood keeps it at a healthy level.
Donating blood is better than clotting blood.
Our modern lifestyle often thickens our bloods, which can lead to blood clots and even stroke. Donating blood fights this and helps you live healthy.
Donate blood for the sake of your heart
When your body has excess amounts of iron, it gets stored around your heart and liver, thereby increasing the risk of a heart attack and liver failure. Donating blood maintains healthy iron levels and helps you live healthy live healthy.
Donate blood and let your liver live on
When your body has excess amounts of iron, it gets stored around your liver, thereby increasing the risk of a liver failure. Donating blood maintains healthy iron levels and helps you live healthy live healthy. And ofcourse the pride of saving a life is always there.
Blood donation is a safe process. The donor's blood is collected through a new, pre-packaged and sterile needle that is only used once and then discarded. After donating blood, most people feel fine however, some people may have an upset stomach or feel dizzy or lightheaded, or experience pain or a small bruise where the needle was inserted.
Donating blood in itself only takes about 8 to 10 minutes. However, there are a lot of factors that should be taken into consideration while calculating time it takes to donate blood including the donor's health history, staff present, attendance at the blood drive, etc.
The plasma from your blood is replaced within about 24 hours. However, red cells need about 4 to 6 weeks to completely replenish.
A person must wait at least eight weeks between donations of whole blood and up to sixteen weeks between double red cell donations. Platelet apheresis donors may give up to 24 times per year.
A person’s body has about 10 to 12 pints of blood. During blood donation, approximately one pint of blood (about 473 ml) is collected. The amount of blood collected for a platelet donation, depends on the person physical attributes such as platelet count, height and weight.