“Blood Saves Lives” - There's no substitute for blood. If people lose blood from surgery or injury or if their bodies can't produce enough, there is only one place to turn - volunteer blood donors.
The Foundation with this noble cause started the blood bank in the year 2004. The blood bank is run 24/7 365 days to help “Anyone & Any time”. This Blood Bank is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment, which enables use of advanced techniques for processing/screening of blood and its components. All mandatory screening for the transfusion transmissible diseases like HIV1 and HIV2, HBsAg, HCV are done with the more sensitive and specific CMIA and ELISA method. All units are screened for VDRL and Malaria parasite and Micro filaria .
Without blood donors like you, Ananda Raju Blood Bank would be unable to fulfil its mission and provide blood products to the thousands of patients who need transfusions each year.
And don’t forget: With every blood donation, you are providing strength, hope and courage to patients in this area hospitals.
Blood Donation Types
The majority of blood donors donate whole blood, which is separated into its three components: platelets, plasma and red blood cells.
4. Red Blood Cells
Whole blood donation is the most common type of blood donation in which the donor provides approximately one pint of whole blood. Whole blood donations can be separated into three components – red blood cells, plasma, and platelets. This means that one whole blood donation can provide courage to up to three area patients.
To donate whole blood, you must be at least 17 years old (16 years old with signed parental consent form*) weigh at least 110 pounds, and be in generally good physical health.
Blood Testing & Safety :
The blood supply is safer today than it ever has been. Strict screening practices in the selection of donors, as well as Govt. of India safety requirements for the testing, storage and transportation of blood, make India blood supply as safe as modern technology can make it. While India's blood supply is very safe, blood transfusions are not risk-free.
Screening and Testing Procedures:
Only people who are not at risk for an infectious disease can give blood.
Donors must answer a series of detailed questions about their health and risk for diseases that can be passed through the blood supply such as HIV (the disease that causes AIDS) and the hepatitis C virus (HCV).
After completing the health questionnaire, donors take a mini-physical to make sure they are not anemic, have a fever or have high blood pressure.
Each unit of donated blood (about one pint) goes through extensive testing to make sure it's safe for transfusion.
You also should not give blood to be tested for HIV, HCV or any other disease that can be transmitted through the blood supply.
In almost every case, the life-saving benefits of receiving a needed blood transfusion outweigh the possible risk of contracting an infectious disease. The risk of contracting HIV from a blood transfusion is less than one in 1.5 million. That is much less than the risk of dying from a lightning strike. Thanks to new blood testing procedures, the chance of getting HCV is about the same.