Government Stanley Hospital has acquired a blood component separator for its blood bank at a cost of Rs. 25 lakh. According to a press release, the device can be used to separate the various blood components – red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets and plasma. The device will help donors, as only the component required can be drawn from their body and will also help patients as a particular component can be infused.
For instance, for patients with low platelet count in cases such as dengue, platelets can be directly infused as can white blood cells which boost immunity. For those with blood coagulation disorders and auto-immune disorders too, this device would help, the release said.