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Blood testing and safety
Why is Blood Test Required?

Blood safety is our utmost priority. As per the policies and guidelines of medical research, blood transfusion should be safe and the blood should be clean. 

 

The blood needy are often quite sick. This makes them more likely to be infected by viruses, bacteria and other nasties, and to have a higher chance of worse outcomes if they do. To protect them, the blood has to undergo a lot of testing to ensure the blood is now eligible to transfuse to the needy. 

 

Blood screening enables us to minimize the risk of receiving an infection through donated blood. Testing blood through various processes helps to transfuse the right blood to needy patients. 

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What do we test for?
Blood Type
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As a first process, we test every blood donation to check the blood type matches the recipient. This ensures the right blood has been transfused into the needy patient’s body.

Red Cell Bodies
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After the testing of Blood Type, we test for red cell antibodies. These are the proteins that react with red blood cells. They are really helpful for you but may cause problems in a patient receiving blood. 

Infectious Diseases
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Screening tests check for infectious diseases that can be transmitted to a patient’s body through blood transfusion. There are possibilities of transmission of diseases like HIV, and Hepatitis B through transfusion.

We have three criteria to determine what risk an infectious disease poses to patient safety.

  • Whether the infectious disease is known to be transmitted by blood transfusion

  • How common the disease is in our population

  • How severely the infection can affect patients.

We look at all the evidence and current research to work out the risk and how we should manage it. Sometimes risk factors change, so we update our rules when they do.

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Choosing diseases to screen and test
Do’s And Don’ts To Follow Before And After Blood Donation
Before a day of Blood donation
  • Eat an iron-rich diet such as beans, spinach or meat, poultry.

  • Good sleep of 8+ hours.

  • Have more liquids in the food.

  • Be fully hydrated.

  • Avoid smoking

  • Avoid drinking.

On day of Blood donation
  • Carry a valid identification e.g. Aadhar, Driving Licence, PAN.​

  • Drink enough water before blood donation.

  • Have a healthy breakfast. Avoid fast food.

  • Wear a half sleeve shirt.

  • Provide a preferred arm or particular vein.

After the Blood Donation
  • Drink more liquids for next 24 hours.

  • Do not get immediately, rest at least 5 mins.​

  • Eat well balanced meals for the next 24 hours.​

  • Increase your fluid intake for the next 24 to 48 hours.​

  • Do not smok

Donate Blood and Be a Hero by Saving Lives.

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