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Year of the Blood Donor in Australia March 3, 2009

In 2009, Australia is celebrating the Year of the Blood Donor as well as the Red Cross Blood Services 80th anniversary.

Each year, more than 1.2 million blood donations are needed in Australia. During 2009, the Australian Red Cross Blood Service will be acknowledging the lifesaving role blood donors play, and encouraging non-donors to find out their blood type, roll up their sleeves and give blood.

Federal Health Minister Nicola Roxon says the Victorian bushfires have highlighted the importance of having good blood supplies on hand.

“Many of those burns victims will need to have blood for a long time into the future,” she said.

“Others who have been injured will still need treatment for months and months to come, some for years.”

A spokeswoman for the blood service, Dr. Philipa Hetzel, says an additional 40,000 people registered to give blood in the week after the bushfires in Victoria.

But she says more are needed to meet growing demand for blood products, and ensure there are good supplies in the event of any future disasters.

Blood Bank Chief of Apollo Hospital, Chennai. Individual donor nucleic acid technology is the most advanced test for screening donor blood samples which helps prevent spread of transfusion transmitted infections like HIV, HCV and HBV. The routine testing done in blood banks can detect only antigens and antibodies of the infection.

NTR Blood Bank, which was inaugurated by His Excellency the Governor of Andhra Pradesh Sri N. D. Tiwarigaru on January 29, 2008, is also the first blood bank in South India to get NABH. NABH is a constituent board of the Quality Council of India. It evaluates various quality parameters of the blood bank, including collection, storage, processing of blood and the expertise of the staff employed.

Padmasri Professor Kakarla Subba Rao was the chief guest at the celebrations. Actor Bhoomika gave away mementoes to outstanding blood camp organizers while Sri N Lokesh presented mementoes to outstanding rare group and special group blood donors.

“The most important thing is to have sufficient product, ready on the shelf at the time a crisis could occur,” she said.

“And what is important is not just to have the right product, but the right blood group of product as well.”

Presently only one in 30 Australians give blood, but one in three people will need blood or blood products in their lifetime.

A feature of the Year of the Blood Donor will be a travelling exhibition that is touring the country. The exhibition will showcase the history of blood donation in Australia. People will also be able to find out their blood type and register their interest in becoming a blood donor.

NTR Memorial Trust Blood Introduces Blood

“NTR Blood Bank is the first in the country to conceptualize the idea of virtual blood banking, where the bank arranges suitable voluntary blood donors for the patients making requests from places where we do not have blood banks,” says Sri Raghu Rama Rao.

“The 24x7 call centre established by the blood bank received 11,193 requests from people in need of blood from across the State in one year. Every day the call centre responds to the needs of 70-80 blood request calls from outside Hyderabad,” Says Dr. V. Saraswathi, Director, NTR Blood Bank. “Our bank is one of the few blood banks in the State maintaining a large database of registered voluntary donors.”

Screen Technology Published March 16, 2009 in India PR


NTR Memorial Trust Blood Bank, the first NGO- run blood bank in the country to get accreditation of the National Accreditation Board for Hospital and Healthcare Providers (NABH) will celebrate its first anniversary by introducing Nucleic Acid Test (NAT), a blood screening technology, to make blood safer.

“I am delighted to know that NTR Trust Blood Bank would be using the best of the technologies to ensure quality of the blood by introducing Nucleic Acid Test (NAT) for blood screening,” says Dr. Rema Menon,

NTR Memorial Trust Blood Bank has provided 5,421 units of free blood to patients living below the poverty line. The Blood Bank issued 2,331 units of blood to thalassemia, sickle cell anemia and hemophilia patients and has arranged 1,090 in-house infusions to these patients free of cost. Due to a large voluntary donor base the Blood Bank has the ability to provide blood round-the-clock, including the rare groups A-, B-, O- and AB-. The Blood Bank organized 104 blood donation camps and collected 17,594 blood units from voluntary donors.

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