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  • What happens to the donated Blood

    The blood you have just donated has to undergo a lot of processes before it is transfused to the recipient as whole blood or blood products.      

    A.Collection of blood:

    • The blood is collected into a sterile blood collection bag which is mixed with anticoagulants to prevent clotting of blood.
    • Before sealing the bag, a few samples are taken in test tubes which will be used as test samples
    • The bag, test tubes and the donor records are identically coded, ideally bar coded to keep track of the donation           

    B.Processing of blood:

    • In case of blood which has to be converted to blood products -  blood is spun in centrifuges to separate the transfusable components – red cells, platelets, and plasma
    •  The primary components like plasma, can be further manufactured into components such as cryoprecipitate
    • White blood cells are then removed from the red cells (leukoreduced)
    • Single donor platelets are leukoreduced and tested for bacteria.
    • Test tubes are sent for testing.

    C.Testing of blood:

    • Along with the processing of blood, the testing of the test tube samples are taken up and a dozen tests are performed on each unit of donated blood – to establish the blood type and test for infectious diseases like HIV, HCV, HBV etc
    • If a test result is positive, the unit is discarded and the donor is notified. Test results are confidential and are only shared with the donor, and in serious
    • cases with the Health Authority.                 

    D. Storage:

    • When test results are received, units suitable for transfusion are labeled and stored
    • Red Cells are stored in refrigerators at 6ºC for up to 42 days
    • Platelets are stored at room temperature in agitators for up to five days
    • Plasma and cryoprecipitate are frozen and stored in freezers for up to one year

    E.Distribution for transfusion :

    • In case of a Centralised facility, suitable blood and blood products are tranferred to hospitals with an authorised blood transfusion facility.

                                                   To see who gets the blood you donate, CLICK HERE

Dr Tiju Thomas  |  2015-08-14 11:25:28 |  155 Views