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Blood bank raises bar

Jamshedpur Blood Bank will ring in 2013 with two gadgets from All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi, to speed up its service to Kolhan patients.

The premier blood bank will get two refrigerated centrifuge units from AIIMS, courtesy National AIDS Control Organisation (Naco) by January next year.

In layman terms, a centrifuge unit is a blood separator. The gadget separates each collected unit or bag into four components. They are red blood cells for anaemics; plasma for those with acute protein deficiency, especially burns patients; platelets for those suffering from cancer or dengue and cryoprecipitate for haemophiliacs.

This way, patients directly get the component they require for immediate transfusion and speedy relief.

Jamshedpur Blood Bank, which procured two separator units four months ago, had asked Naco for a couple more.

“Jamshedpur Blood Bank had made a request to us and we are working out its logistics,” said Raghunath Prasad Singh, joint director, blood safety, Jharkhand State Aids Control Society (JSACS), the state Naco wing.

“Having more separators is highly useful in times of crisis. Dengue cases are mounting in the city these past couple of years. More and more patients need platelets, and fast. In a real-time scenario, more number of gadgets equals faster generation of blood components to cater to medical emergencies,” said blood bank member Rajnish Kumar.

With four separator units at its disposal, the blood bank will also have an easier time tackling the huge collection of units from donation camps round the year.

Right now, around 150 blood bags are separated daily at Jamshedpur Blood Bank, which caters to around 70 hospitals and nursing homes and 300 thalassaemia patients.

Naco had also enabled the state-run MGM Medical College and Hospital get a refrigerated centrifuge a year ago.

However, the vital gadget is not used though patients with confirmed and suspected dengue swamp the hospital. Hospital authorities give a bizarre excuse. “There is hardly any space to accommodate the machine,” said a source.

Why doesn’t MGM learn from Jamshedpur Blood Bank?