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Welcome to theTransfusion Medicine Department (Blood Bank) TATA Medical Center, home page. This site  provides information about the facilities available and services offered by the department.


Tata Medical Center(TMC), is one of the leading city hospitals and provides world-class cancer treatment. We have our own Blood Bank with the state-of-the-art facilities. The Blood Bank now operational for more than two years, provides quality blood products at nominal charges. This is one of the few NABH accredited Blood Banks in the country and hence high quality standards are practiced at all times.

At our center, the transfusion services are an integral component of treatment and management of cancer patients. The Blood Bank provides quality blood products to patients by using modern technology for blood collection, processing and testing.  Using modern technology, a single unit of blood donation is split into three to four different blood  components, which can be used for three-four patients. Many patients requiring blood transfusion, need modified blood products. The special needs of such patients is taken care of, by using sophisticated techniques (like blood irradiation and leuco-depletion) and other modern equipment. The department also has a Blood irradiator which modifies the blood products  (minimize adverse transfusion effects) and makes it suitable for immuno-compromised cancer patients. This equipment is the only such machine available in north eastern India.

 

The department has the following facilities -

 

  • Entire process  of blood collection, processing, testing and issue is undertaken using a computerized HMS software to ensure error free collection and processing.

 

  • All blood units are tested by highly sensitive testing protocols for infection markers. This ensures that only safe blood components are transfused.

 

  • Selective leuco-reduction facilities are also available.

 

  • To ensure efficiency and reduce the turn-around -time, blood components are transported through the Pneumatic tube system.

 

  • The department staff also participate in peripheral blood stem cell (PBSC) collection for bone marrow transplant patients.

 

  • The department has a Blood irradiator (BRIT) to modify the blood components and render them suitable for cancer and bone marrow transplant patients (immuno-compromised).

 

  • To meet the needs of multi-transfused cancer patients, in-house voluntary blood donation services are also offered.  A voluntary donor registry is maintained to facilitate availability of blood donors as and when required.

 

  • The department has facilities to provide:

1. Apheresis (SDP) platelets

2. Apheresis granulocytes

3. Buffy coat granulocytes

4. Donor lymphocyte infusion

5. Autologous transfusion

 

 

NABH Accreditation

 

Soon after the Blood Bank was established, need for accreditation was felt to ensure that quality standards are practiced. In pursuance of the efforts of the staff along with support from the administration, the Blood Bank acquired the NABH accreditation in 2012. Ours is one of the few Blood Banks in the eastern region which is NABH accredited.

 

Academic activities

The department has intra and inter departmental academic activities. CME programs are held time to time to apprise the staff of the latest developments in the speciality. In addition the staff also participate in various academic activities organised by other hospitals in the region.


 

Team Members.

 

1.     Dr. Sabita Biswas  (Consultant and Head)

2.     Dr. Supriya Dhar  (Fellow, Dept of Transfusion Medicine)

3.     Dr. Suvro Sankha Datta (Fellow, Dept of Transfusion Medicine)

 

A team of 9 skilled technologists provide round the clock services.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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