GUWAHATI, Nov 7 - The International Hospital Blood Bank has become the first NABH (National Accreditation Board for Hospitals and Healthcare providers)-accredited blood bank in the State.
In India, there are 2,760 licensed blood banks, while the number of NABH-accredited blood bank till date is 65.
�The International Hospital Blood Bank now does 100 per cent component preparation of every unit of blood. From every unit of blood collected, three components � fresh frozen plasma, packed red blood cells and platelet concentrate � are prepared, thus leading to optimal usage of donated blood. So one unit of blood can help three patients,� Dr Ashish Malakar, chief executive officer, International Hospital, told mediapersons.
All donors of the blood bank are voluntary or replacement donors.
Asserting that high standards of quality, as prescribed by the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, are followed by the hospital, Dr Malakar said that the blood bank is ready to start its Nucleic Acid Testing (NAT) lab test.
�This will lead to improved safety of donated blood. This blood bank will be the first to start this type of test in the North East,� Dr Deepa Bhuyan, medical officer, Blood Bank, said.