The Blood Bank of Almas Hospital is licensed by the Drug
Controller General of India (DCGI) and has been operational since 2010. Overseen by
certified physicians, ours is one of the largest, self-sufficient hospital-based blood
banks in Malappuram. We collect and transfuse thousands of units of blood each year. In
addition, we provide blood and components to affiliated hospitals, nursing homes, and
labs across Kerala.
The blood bank at Almas Hospital is fully equipped to collect blood at its premises and also has mobile teams, who conduct Blood Donation Camps. The Department of Transfusion medicine provides laboratory support for all transfusions including patient testing and immunohematology screening as well as blood component management and preparation. Our labs feature state-of-the-art analytical equipment and skilled licensed personnel, including the best pathologists and hematologists in Kerala.
Transfusion Transmitted Infections (TTI)
Blood donation and transfusion are safer than ever. However, to keep the blood supply safe, we screen donors for the risk of any transmissible disease. Each unit of the collected blood will be tested for HBsAg, HCV, VDRL, HIV and Malaria also called an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) test, a more reliable and highly accurate test to diagonise.
As part of a pre-transfusion antibody screen, we do blood typing, Cross-matching using state-of-the-art gel card techniques which are integrated with semi automated systems for providing quality results. Coombs test (Direct antiglobulin test (DAT) & Indirect antiglobulin test (IAT)) is also done to test for autoimmune hemolyticanemia.
The standard form of donation; whole blood is the blood that flows through the vein. It can be transfused in its original form to stop massive bleeding or can be used to help multiple people after separating red cells, platelets, and plasma.
Packaged red blood cells (PRBCs)
PRBCs are blood replacement products used for transfusion. They are prepared from whole blood by centrifugation and typically contain less sodium, potassium, ammonia, citrate, hydrogen ions, and antigenic protein than whole blood. PRBCs are used to prevent tissue hypoxia, and to treat anemia resulting from kidney failure or gastrointestinal bleeding.
Fresh Frozen Plasma (FFP)
FFP is prepared from whole blood donations and frozen at – 18° C or lower within 8 hours of collection.FFP is given in case of hemorrhage, clotting disorders or multiple factor deficiencies, Thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP), Hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), etc.
Platelet concentrate is obtained from whole blood donations and is stored suspended in a small amount of plasma. It is used to treat thrombocytopenia, hematologic malignancy, bone marrow failure, or other causes of platelet dysfunction or destruction.
Cryoprecipitate is a frozen blood product prepared from fresh frozen plasma and contains several clotting proteins (factors) that help control bleeding.