Improves Heart Healths
Donating blood improves your overall cardio vascular health. Increased level of iron in the blood raises the chance of heart diseases. Regularly donating blood helps males in particular to reduce the amount of iron in the blood. This can reduce the chance of heart attack by 88%. Additionally, regular blood donation can lower the risk of severe cardio vascular events such as stroke by 33%.
Reduces the risk of cancer
Give blood to help lower your risk of cancer. According to the Miller- keystone blood center, consistent blood donation is associated with lowered risks of cancers, including liver, lung, colon, stomach and throat cancers. Risk levels drop in correlation with how often participants donate blood.
Free health screening done
In addition to all of these benefits, a donor receives a free prior health screening plus mini blood test. There will be an Hb (Haemoglobin) level test as well as a blood pressure and body check. Blood is also tested for some major diseases and the donor is immediately informed in strict confidentiality if any of these tests show positive results.
Why we Charge for Processing Blood?
Maruthi blood bank administers only approved testing charges uniformly from all the patients/ hospitals in the city. The blood testing charges are controlled by government norms in India .It could only recover the costs that it incurred during the blood banking process within these limits.
Maruthi blood bank follows international quality standards in blood collection, processing and distribution. These activities involve high costs as most of the equipments, materials are imported for this purpose. Within this cost Maruthi blood bank manages to provide possible subsidies & benefits to poor and needy patients.
Our Blood Components
Red Blood Cells (In Additive Solution)
Red Blood Cells transports oxygen to various organs and helps in exhaling carbon dioxide from body. Red Blood Cells contains protein called Hemoglobin that carries oxygen. Red Blood Cells transfusion is required to increase supply of oxygen to tissues.
Maruthi blood bank provides Red Blood Cells in Additive Solution. Additive solution preserves and extends shelf life of Red Blood Cells. As compared to Whole Blood and Packed Cells having shelf life of only 35 days, Red Blood Cells in additive solution have shelf life of 42 days. Red Blood Cells in additive solution have less chances of hemolysis during storage and also it helps easy fluidity during transfusion.
Red Blood Cells Hematocrit ranges from 55 – 65% and average heamoglobin per bag 13 – 45 gms. A strict donor acceptance criterion at Maruthi blood bank ensures the same. On the other hand a stringent Quality control measure ensures adequate dose, sterility and safety of the blood component.
Red Blood Cells transfusion is required in case of acute blood loss (almost 30% of blood volume). Most frequently required during surgeries. Red Blood Cells are transfused to patients having certain blood disorders like Sickle cell anemia, Thalassemia, aplastic anemia, etc.
Red Blood Cells before issuing to patients requires cross match procedure. During Cross matching blood sample of patient is matched with blood sample of Voluntary Blood Donor. Blood in stock having compatibility with patients’ blood is issued. Maruthi blood bank, tries to provide group specific Red Blood Cells, however, working on componentization patient with particular blood group can be served by different blood group as mentioned below. This extends possibility of serving more patients, even when particular blood group is not in stock.
Random Donor Platelets
Platelet helps in stop bleeding. When injury occurs, platelets bind together and form a plug inside blood vessel, at injury site. Normally, platelet ranges from 150,000-450,000 per mcL (microliter). Platelet count less than 100,000 per mcL is termed as thrombocytopenia while platelet count above 450,000 mcL is termed as thrombocytosis.
Platelets have shelf life of only 5 days and needs to be stored in agitator (shaking platform) at 20-24 degree celsius. Cross matching procedure is not required while issuing Platelets to patients.
Maruthi blood bank ensures best quality of Platelets collected from Voluntary Donors only. Platelets derived from 450 ml blood donated ensures 30% more platelet yield. One unit of Platelet transfused can result in increase of platelet count by approximately 5000-10000 per mcL.
Fresh Frozen Plasma
FFP is prepared by centrifugation of whole blood to separate platelet rich plasma (PRP); The PRP is further centrifuged to separate the plasma from the platelet concentrate. This plasma is then blast frozen to prevent loss of temperature-sensitive (“labile”) coagulation factors V & VIII. The separation of plasma within 6 hours of blood donation qualifies it to be called “fresh” and factors are best preserved in plasma blast frozen. Maruthi blood bank have facility of blast freezing plasma. FFP can be stored at -30 degree celsius for 1 year.
Maruthi blood bank ensures safe FFP to patients, as the same is collected from Voluntary Blood Donors (more than 40% repeat donors). Also ensures volume of FFP as high as 160-200 ml plus and good yield of most critical proteins. Plasma must be ABO-compatible with the recipient’s red cells. Before issuing FFP to patients, it is thawed at 37 degree celsius. After thawing it should be stored at 2 – 6 degree celsius and must be transfused within 24 hours.
When FFP is thawed at 4 degree celsius a precipitate is formed which is suspended in about 25 ml Plasma. This precipitate is called Cryoprecipitate. Maruthi blood bank provides Cryoprecipitate on demand. Cryoprecipitate is helpful to treat Factor VIII, Factor XIII and fibrinogen deficiencies. Cryoprecipitate contain more than 80 IU of Factor VIII/ 25 ml bag.
Cryoprecipitate is mostly used for patients having Haemophilia-A, Van-Willebrand’s disease, liver disease, DIC,TTP, massive transfusion, etc.
Pre-Storage Leukocyte reduced RBCs by filtration
Leucocytes (WBC) are present in varying concentrations in all cellular blood components. These can lead to alloimmunisation and other complications in immune compromised patients. Maruthi blood bank have facility to prepare special blood products such as Leucocyte-reduced red cells to prevent or reduce the adverse effects of contaminating leucocytes.
Leukocyte reduced RBCs are collected in special blood bags. This blood component is required for immune compromised patients, Thalassemia, intra uterine transfusions and neonates. This ensures 4 log reduction of leucocytes in RBCs that reduces chances of transfusion reactions.
Single Donor Platelet
Leucocytapheresis (Leukapherasis) is term for “to take away leucocytes” (white blood cells) Maruthi blood bank have facility for Leucocytapheresis. This is often used to treat the elevated white cells count that can occur in acute leukemia. This procedure is sometimes used to reduce the white cell count before the start of chemotherapy, to reduce likelihood of tumor lyses syndrome.
Small volume pediatric units
In neonatal patients, when need for transfusion is required, only small volume is required. In such cases desired volume of blood components made available with closed systems. Remaining volume is again used for other pediatric patients. These components are useful for children, neonates and for intra uterine transfusions