The Transfusion Medicine services/Blood Transfusion Services (BTS) of Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Institute & Research Centre is a comprehensive unit offering “Safety at all cost”.
Our Transfusion Medicine unit is among one of the few transfusion Centers in the country to have received the NABH accreditation from the Quality Council of India (QCI) as an independent entity.
Blood Transfusion Services (BTS) is the vital part of modern health care system without which efficient medical care is impossible. The Blood bank has, therefore, invested generously on Haemovigilance and Quality of its products.
The department uses state-of-art technology and stringent screening protocols to ensure timely supply of the safest possible blood and blood components including “Nucleic Acid Testing (NAT)” to preclude almost completely any chance of Transfusion Transmissible disease. To ensure safety further, all units meant for use in susceptible group are Irradiated & Leuco-depleted.
Blood utilization is optimised by separating blood into its various components like platelet concentrate, red cell concentrate, fresh frozen plasma and cryoprecipitate by automated component extractor under sterile & closed environment.
Our Transfusion Medicine unit is licensed by Drug Controller General India and follows stringent quality control practices that include testing of a defined number of units of each product for the appropriate parameters
Our transfusion services also lays great emphasis on donor care and strictly follows donor selection to ensure quality of blood collected. The department is equipped with latest & automated immuno-haematological testing equipments used for diagnosis and testing compatibility of the blood.
The Blood Transfusion services also offers an excellent facility for Apheresis, Granulocyte harvest, Plasmapheresis, Leukapheresis, Lymphocytapheresis, Therapeutic plasma exchange (TPE) & Peripheral Blood Stem Cells (PBSC) harvest & it’s Cryopreservation.
We practice all of this with the slogan of “Service with Smile” in a pleasant ambience through extremely well trained and courteous staff.
It is a fact that there are absolutely no substitutes to replace human blood. Henceforth, it is the blood donated by eligible donors which enables us to store sufficient blood inventory for the patients needing it. The donors can donate their whole blood, platelets & granulocytes by Apheresis technology. Both the procedures whole blood donation & Apheresis are completely safe.
Collected whole blood is further separated into various blood components such as packed Red blood cells (PRBC), platelet concentrates (RDPs), Fresh frozen plasma (FFP) & Cryoprecipitate for the transfusion to the patients as a part of blood component therapy which plays a vital role to support various medical procedures and treatment protocol.
Patients undergoing chemotherapy treatment (medical treatment for patients suffering from cancer) are quite frequently infused with PRBC & platelet concentrates (RDPs) in order to maintain hemoglobin level & minimize the risk of bleeding.
Blood Bank, Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Institute (RGCI) encourages blood donations for 18-65 years of age who are active and healthy. Our Medical Officer & Staff will does a brief screening and routine physical & medical examination before taking the blood samples, which includes taking height, weight, temperature, pulse, blood pressure and Hemoglobin readings. The whole blood donation procedure only takes 20-30 minutes. Therefore, “Donate Blood & Save Lives”.