Now, get reg­is­tered as a platelets donor at KGMU

Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - - Lucknow - HT Cor­re­spon­dent lko­re­porters­desk@htlive.com ▪

LUC­KNOW: Now, you can reg­is­ter your name with the KGMU blood bank to do­nate platelets in­stead of whole blood through a pro­ce­dure called aphere­sis. KGMU started the reg­is­tra­tion process on World Blood Donors Day on Thursday.

Aphere­sis is a med­i­cal tech­nol­ogy in which the blood of a per­son is passed through an ap­pa­ra­tus that sep­a­rates out one par­tic­u­lar con­stituent and re­turns the re­main­ing. Aphere­sis of platelets is a pro­ce­dure in which an in­di­vid­ual donates platelets for a pa­tient with the same blood group. The reg­is­tra­tion process is sim­i­lar to the one for vol­un­tary blood dona­tion.

The dif­fer­ence be­tween usual blood dona­tion and aphere­sis is that in­stead of the whole blood, only platelets are taken out from the donor’s blood. “Whole blood dona­tion takes a few min­utes, but aphere­sis for platelets takes about two hours,” said head of KGMU’s trans­fu­sion medicine depart­ment and blood bank, Prof Tulika Chan­dra.She said that in aphere­sis the blood group of the donor and the re­cip­i­ent has to be the same. So if a pa­tient with A pos­i­tive needs plateKlet via

› For registry an in­di­vid­ual can come to our blood bank and sub­mit the de­tails. A per­son can do­nate blood again only af­ter a gap of about three months, but platelet can be do­nated via aphere­sis sooner.

PROF TULIKA CHAN­DRA, HoD, trans­fu­sion medicine & blood bank

aphere­sis, the donor has to be of the A pos­i­tive blood group. Of­ten pa­tients have donors but it is dif­fi­cult to have a donor of the same blood group.

“For registry an in­di­vid­ual can come to our blood bank and sub­mit the de­tails. Though a per­son can do­nate blood again only af­ter a gap of about three months, platelet can be do­nated via aphere­sis sooner. Any per­son who has do­nated blood can again do­nate platelet via aphere­sis af­ter a gap of a week only,” said Prof Tulika.

Dur­ing the day, the depart­ment took out an aware­ness rally and sev­eral or­gan­i­sa­tions con­ducted blood dona­tion camps in­clud­ing Air­tel.

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