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Blood Bank

All Hospitals at Yashoda have sate-of-the-art 24-hour blood bank that handles over 800 transfusions every month. All efforts are made to make sure that every unit that leaves the blood bank is safe for the patients.

Blood is taken only from voluntary donors who satisfy our selection criteria and after thorough screening tests for infectious diseases. All standards set by the relevant authorities are strictly adhered to. The Blood Bank services include:

  • Both whole blood and blood components are offered
  • 24/7 availability of blood and blood components including apheresis services
  • Fully integrated facility for fast and error free transfusion services
  • Offers all the common and specialized blood and components, such as platelets, red blood cells, fresh frozen plasma, Cryoprecipitate, etc
  • Full time availability of qualified specialists in Transfusion Medicine for routine as well as difficult transfusion needs for patients admitted in the hospital

Blood Donation

Donating blood is safe and simple. It takes approximately 10-15 minutes to complete the blood donation process. Any healthy adult between 18 years and 60 years of age can donate blood. 

This is what you can expect when you are ready to donate blood:

  • You walk into our safe blood donation centre or a mobile camp organised by us.
  • A few questions will be asked to determine your health status (general questions on health, donation history, etc). Usually you will be asked to fill out a short form.
  • Then a quick physical check will be done to check temperature, blood pressure, pulse and haemoglobin content in blood to ensure you are a healthy donor.
  • If found fit to donate, then you will be asked to lie down on a resting chair or a bed. Your arm will be thoroughly cleaned. Then using sterile equipments blood will be collected in a special plastic bag. Approximately 350 ml of blood will be collected in one donation. Those who weigh more than 60 Kg can donate 450 ml of blood.
  • Then you must rest and relax for a few minutes with a light snack and something refreshing to drink. Some snacks and juice will be provided by us.
  • Blood will be separated into components within eight hours of donation
  • The blood will then be taken to the laboratory for testing.
  • Once found safe, it will be kept in special storage and released when required.
  • The blood is now ready to be taken by the hospital, to save lives.

Blood donated is used to

  • Replace blood lost during injury as in accidents, major surgeries open heart surgeries, transplants etc.
  • To treat shock due to injury
  • For pre – mature babies and pre – term babies
  • During child birth for the mother
  • Dengue fever
  • Help burns patients receive plasma, that may be critical for their survival
  • For patients suffering from Anemia
  • To make blood derivatives which are used to treat medical problems
  • For children suffering from ailments like Thalassaemia, Hemophilia (bleeding disorders), Leukemia, Blood Cancer
  • Raise hemoglobin levels (through transfusions) in patients with chronic ailments like kidney diseases
  • Blood donation hardly makes a difference in terms of health to the donor, but it can help save the life of a patient

Who can donate?

  • Age 18 – 60 years
  • Hemoglobin level: >13 gm/dl for men and 12.5 gm/dl for women
  • Weigh not less than 45 kgs
  • Have normal body temperature at the time of donation
  • Have normal BP at the time of donation
  • Should be free of any disease at the time of donation
  • Donors who donated 3 months (90 days) back
  • You are healthy and have not suffered from malaria, typhoid or other transmissible disease in the recent past

Who cannot donate blood?

The following categories of people should avoid giving blood:

  • Pregnant or lactating women or those who have recently had an abortion
  • Persons suffering from systemic diseases like Blood disorders,  Heart, Kidney, Liver, Thyroid, Asthma, Cancer, Diabetics, uncontrolled high Blood Pressure
  • Persons who are on steroids, hormonal supplements or certain specified medication
  • Persons with multiple sexual partners or those who are addicted to drugs
  • Persons who have had an attack of infection like jaundice, rubella, typhoid or malaria
  • Persons who have undergone surgery in the previous six month for surgeries and 1 year for major surgery
  • Persons who have consumed alcohol in the 24 hours prior to donation
  • Women should avoid donation during their menstruating period and for 7 days there after
  • Persons suffering from infections transmitted through transfusions like HIV, Hepatitis, Syphilis etc should Not donate blood
  • Those who have undergone various vaccinations should avoid donation for the corresponding period specified below:
Type of VaccineThe period in which   donation should be avoided

Hepatitis B

6 months

Live vaccines

3 months

Killed vaccines

3 months

Rabies

1 year

Precautions

Donor must have had good rest/sleep last night and had meal. After donation precautions like drinking lots of fluids for next 24 hours, avoiding smoking & alcohol till after a meal, not using elevator to go up (soon after donation) and avoiding highly strenuous exercises & games for a day should be taken by the donor.

Note: Regular donation (2-3 times in a year) lowers cholesterol and decrease incidence of heart attacks.