Quality has been built into the blood bank right from the design stage. The salient features of the blood bank include:
All blood groups are detected by advanced techniques which include cell grouping and serum grouping. The blood group can be cross-checked to avoid errors. The crossmatch or compatibility testing is one of the most important procedures carried out in our department. It is not enough if the donor and recipient belong to the same group. There are many other blood group antigens present on the red cell membrane that can give rise to a severe blood transfusion reaction. Therefore, all blood units are screened for atypical antibodies using the cell panel.
The other tests like Direct Coomb’s test (DCT), Indirect Coomb’s test (ICT) and maternal antibody screening are also done using gel technology.
Each unit of blood is screened by VITROS ECIQ CHEMILUMNI SCENCE for Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, HIV (I &II) viruses and Syphilis. To provide extra layer of safety, testing for Hepatitis B core Antigen is also done by ECIQ. As per NACO standards for Blood Transfusion services, all blood units are tested for Malarial Parasite using validated and sensitive antigen test.