DEPARTMENT OF TRANSFUSION MEDICINE & HAEMATOLOGY
Department of Transfusion Medicine and Haematology was established in September 2015. The department consists of:
(1)Transfusion Medicine Centre (TMC), situated in the Neurocentre building, occupying part of the first and second floor, roughly measuring 7000 Sq ft.
(2)Clinical Pathology and Haematology (CPH) Section, situated in the first floor of Silver Jubilee Emergency Block, roughly measuring 1500 Sq ft.
Both the sections provide 24×7 services, 365 days a year.
TMC is involved in collection of blood from blood donors at TMC and from outdoor camps, splitting the blood into different components like packed red cells, platelet concentrate and fresh frozen plasma etc., and subject all the donated blood for mandatory tests. NAT test for HIV1&2, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C is being tested in reference laboratory of Karnataka.
TMC performing highest number of therapeutic plasma exchanges in India for neurological disorders. Other therapeutic procedures like therapeutic phlebotomy are also performed routinely.
Transfusion Medicine Centre is recognized as a training centre, by NBTC, NACO, NHM and KSBTC for Karnataka and neighbouring States. The department also conducts induction and refresher training for Blood Storage Centres (BSC) and Blood Banks of Karnataka. TMC provides training for post graduate students and technologists of other Institutes and Medical Colleges across the country. Transfusion Medicine Centre is accredited by the National Accreditation Board for Hospitals and Healthcare Providers (NABH)
CPH section undertakes the following:
- Clinical Haematology: tests includes complete blood count, bone marrow examination, ESR, Sickling test, Reticulocyte Count and Saline Dilution test for Acanthocytes
- Clinical Pathology: tests includes routine urine and stool examination
- Coagulation tests: PT, INR, APTT, Protein C & S, fibrinogen, Factor VIII and Antithrombin III estimations
CPH section is accredited by the National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL) as per ISO 15189:2012
The Clinical Pathologists (Specialist Grade) are involved in teaching programs of BSc Nursing and BSc Anaesthesia and training of NACO assisted Blood Banks and Blood Storage Centres.
Department has initiated one year Post-doctoral fellowship in Transfusion Medicine, since 5 years. Department has got all the facilities like blood component preparation, apheresis, automated immunohaematology and ELISA equipment, for this program.
TMC has project funded by Government of Karnataka: NHM-NVBDCP Program to start Single Donor Platelet (apheresis) at NIMHANS. The aim of the program is to provide single donor platelet to patients admitted in any hospital in Karnataka, at an affordable cost of Rs. 8500, 24 hours a day.