The blood bank at the Government Headquarters Hospital here would soon get a blood separator machine to enable transfusion of blood components to the needy patients.

Blood Bank Medical Officer N.Karuppusamy said the hospital was getting the facility after it had sent a proposal seeking to install the machine at an estimated cost of Rs.45 lakh.

He said the government had sanctioned blood separator machines to 15 district headquarters and medical college hospitals and the headquarters hospitals in the state.

The cell separator machine, expected to be installed in the next one and a half months, would go a long way in addressing the problems of blood reactions during blood transfusions, and with its installation the patients could be transfused with the required components of blood, he said.

At present, the hospital was relying on the Madurai Medical College Hospital for the facility, but it faced practical difficulties in transporting the separated blood components, Dr.Karuppusamy added.

Pointing out that patients with burn injuries would require only plasma in the blood and those affected by dengue only platelets, he said these components could be separated from one unit of blood and used for two patients.

In the case of anaemia patients, it would be enough if they were given red blood cells, he added.

With technical support

The machine, comprising half a dozen separate equipment, was expected to be despatched with technical support, he noted.

He said the blood bank in the hospital had been provided with an exclusive generator to ensure round-the-clock power supply.

The bank had facilities to store 250 units of blood.

Controversy

The blood bank was in the midst of controversy recently when two young mothers and four others died after blood transfusion.

Blood separator machine costing

Rs. 45 lakh, to help in transfusion of blood components to needy patients

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