Orange City Hospital & Research Institute is a hospital which is continually improving the health care delivery system. As a part of its continual improvement initiatives to sensitize and train medical officers and nursing staff a Continued Medical Education (CME) on advancement in Blood Transfusion was recently organized at Orange City Hospital & Research Institute, Nagpur in association with Jeevan Jyoti Blood Bank & Components. Faculty of JJBB conducted this course at OCHRI. It is added that FDA recognized Blood storage unit was first commenced at OCHRI long back.

On this occasion Dr. Sheela Mundhada, Director-JJBB explained that Blood transfusion is the process of receiving blood or blood products into one’s circulation intravenously. Transfusions are used for various medical conditions to replace lost components of the blood. Earlier transfusions used whole blood, but modern medical practice commonly uses only components of the blood, such as red blood cells, white blood cells, plasma, clotting factors, and platelets. Thus one bag is put to multiple uses rationally accordingly to the need of patient. Prior to blood transfusion one must take informed consent about the need of transfusion. She further added.

Dr. Gunjan Babhulkar, Medical Officer- OCHRI Blood Storage Unit also spoke on Do’s & Don’ts of Blood transfusion. She emphasized that always check all identifying information such as recipient name, age, blood group, Rh factor and expiry of blood products. Blood bag should not be warmed before transfusion and no medicine should be added in the bag and don’t use routine pre-transfusion medicine. Moreover don’t infuse over more than 4 hours. She further added.

All medical history should be given to physician honestly before you donate or receive blood, in order to avoid long term health issues which can either be fatal for donor or the person receiving blood. The session concluded with Q & A session.

Large numbers of medical officers and nursing staff of ICU, PICU & NICU, Casualty and General wards at OCHRI were benefited from this training. Certificates were awarded to participants. Dr. Noorul Ameen assisted by Smt.Saramma Samuel coordinated this event.