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FORTIS Group of hospitals is a leading group of healthcare network aiming to provide highest quality of medical care and patient safety. Fortis Hospital Vadapalani is located in Chennai's prime and accessible area near AVM Studios.
Fortis Hospital Vadapalani Blood Centre (FHVP BC) is licensed to process Blood and Blood components including apheresis products. Our Vision is to provide quality and efficient transfusion services in the most professional and effective manner for saving and enriching lives. FHVP BC is committed to deliver safe and quality blood & blood components in compliance with statutory requirements and quality guidelines.
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FHVP BC ensures 100% blood collection from voluntary non-remunerated blood donors under aseptic conditions. Our Blood Centre is equipped with state of art infrastructure for blood donation from morning 9 am to evening 4.00 pm. A well trained counsellor assists the department in voluntary donor recruitment, pre & post donation counselling and organising blood donation camps.
Before blood donation the donors are assessed for blood donation eligibility criteria with the help of a donor questionnaire and mini medical examination. A Skilled staff nurse takes care of donor phlebotomy under aseptic conditions for whole blood collection, donor apheresis procedures and therapeutic procedures.
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The collected blood is screened, processed, stored and distributed as per regulatory guidelines by a qualified and skilled Technical team comprising of Technical Supervisor, Quality manager, Senior and junior technicians. All the donor blood samples are subjected Immunohaematological tests using Gel technology.
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Collected blood bags are subjected to mandatory infectious disease markers screening using CMIA and Nucleic acid Testing. NAT screening ensures early detection of viral markers which adds an extra coat? to the Blood product safety measures followed in Fortis Blood Centre Vadapalani.
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The Whole blood are processed into different blood Components using automated platforms under sterile conditions. At FHVP BC we believe in rationale use of blood and blood products. Hence, we follow 100% component preparation and advise 100% component usage for our patients.
FHVP BC adheres to strict quality policy. The blood components are tested for quality measures as per NABH guidelines. The processed blood components are maintained in cold chain stored under continuous monitoring.
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The patient samples received in the blood centre are subjected to pre transfusion compatibility testing process to ensure patient safety during transfusion. We comply with organisational, regional, National and International standards and abide by ethical codes for safe blood transfusion practices.
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In addition to processing and supplying blood & blood components, our services comprise of Therapeutic Procedures like Therapeutic plasma exchange, Leucocytapheresis, Red cell exchange and Therapeutic venesection.
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The collection, processing, storing and distribution of blood components takes place under the meticulous supervision of qualified Transfusion physician and medical officer.
Fortis Hospital vadaplani Blood Centre (FHVP BC) supports patient blood management 24/7 and endorses good transfusion practices. FHVP BC emphasizes to 'Give right blood/component in right quantity to right patient in right time, every time!'

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Everything about Blood donation

Who can donate blood?

  • Any healthy person > 18 yrs. (Upper age limit is 60 years for first-time donors & 65 years for regular donors)
  • Body weight > 45 kg
  • BP Systolic 100 140mmHg. Diastolic 60- 90mmHg
  • Pulse 60-100 beats/minute
  • Temperature =< 37 degree C/ 98.4degree F
  • Haemoglobin >=12.5g/dl

How much time does it take to donate blood?

Total time is 30-40 minutes of which blood collection time is 8-10 min.
How do I donate blood?
At the Blood Centre, you will fill a Donor Registration Form in which you give your personal and medical details Registration Get your vitals and haemoglobin checked Blood collection (350 ml if 45-55 Kg and 450 kg >55kg weight of donor).
Donor Registration Form has a Self-Exclusion Questionnaire which means if you think that your blood may not be safe for the patient for any reason (no need to disclose the reason), you can exclude yourself from the donation.

What is risk behaviour?

  • Multiple sex partners or more than one sex partner in the last six months.
  • Men who have sex with other men, paid sex or sex with an unknown person. People taking intravenous drugs and any other form of illegal & illicit drugs. • People having sexually transmitted diseases such as syphilis or gonorrhoea etc.
  • Known status of HIV, Hepatitis B. and Hepatitis C infection. Everything that you discuss with our staff is confidential and without judgement


How often can I donate blood?
Males can create blood every 3 months and females every 4 months.
Where can I donate blood?
You can donate blood in our licensed Blood Centre at Fortis.
Is it safe to donate blood?
Yes, it is absolutely safe. The volume of the blood donated is recovered in 6-12 hrs. The blood bag used for donation is sterile and is for one-time use only. So you cannot get AIDS or any infection by donating blood.
What happens to my blood after blood donation?
A sample from the collected Blood Unit undergoes a large number of tests such as Blood group & Antibody screening, HIV, Hepatitis B and Syphilis and Malaria. However, the tests may not detect the early stage of infection, which is the Window period. That is why we expect the donors to give all details truthfully.. All test results are confidential and will remain between the donor and blood centre

Post Donation Care

  • Drink plenty of fluids
  • Avoid heavy weight lifting, gym, driving heavy duty vehicle. piloting aircraft for the next 24 hours
  • Do not smoke or take alcohol for a minimum of 24 hours.
  • Remove the Band Aid after 4 hours (check for allergy)
  • Do not give frequent jerks to the hand till the clot is formed.
  • Indications for blood component transfusion & possible benefits Each unit of PRBC/FFP/RDPC is processed out of one unit of the blood donated by a donor Components
  • Red Blood Cells (PRBC)
  • Platolets (RDPC/SDPC) Fresh Frozen Plaamo (FFP)
  • Cryopracipitate (Crye)
  • Uses
  • Increase oxygen carrying capacity in p tlants with anaemia
  • used to stop/ prevent bleeding due to low platelet count
  • Used to treat bleeding due to coagulopathy/inadequate coagulation capacity
  • used to treat bloeding due to hypolibrinogenaamia/low levels of fibrinogen
  • Alternatives for blood transfusion
  • Pharmacological agents
  • iran supplements, Vitamins, Colony stimulating factors etc.
  • Peri-operative autologous blood donation (PAD)
  • Acute normovolemic hemodilution (ANH)
  • Intraoperative blood recovery/salvage
  • Transfusion among first-degree relatives is avoided due to the risk of TAGVHD (Transfusion Associated Graft Versus Host Disease), only in special circumstances, blood can be given after irradiation.



How is Apheresis Performed?
All apherests procedures involve directing the blood in the patient/donor's velns through tubing to a machine that separates the blood components. The separation is done by either a centrifuge process or a filtration process on the blood In the machine. After the separation, the desired component of the blood is removed, while the remainder of the blood components is roinfused back into the patient. The entire procedure is painless and typically takes about two hours, or only slightly longer than a conventional blood donation.


Instructions for Platelet Apheresis donors Besides the whole blood donation criteria, the following is required

  • Avoid Aspirin for 72 hours before the procedure Weight: >55kg
  • Blood group compatible (matching)
  • Platelet count >1.5 lakhs
  • Female donors with a history of childbirth / Abortion (as a preventive measure for TRALI-Transfusion-related acute lung injury) are not accepted as the Platelet Apheresis donor
  • Frequency of platelet donation
  • 248 hrs after platelets / plasmapheresis / leucapheresis. Platelet pheresis can be done not more than twice / week and not more than 24 times a year
  • If the donor red cells cannot be returned during an apheresis procedure, donor should be deferred for 12 weeks
  • Should not have donated whole Blood within last 28 days
  • Time taken for the Platelet Apheresis: 3-4 hrs (Donor Screening: 1-2 hrs, Procedure time: 1-1.5 hrs. Exception during the Dengue season, time may increase)
  • Avoid fatty food and citrus fruits 2 hrs before and after the procedure


The following list of conditions for which apheresis may be of benefit is not all-inclusive. Apheresis can be used in the treatment of:

Myasthenia gravis (MG)

Waldenstrom's macroglobulinemia Goodpasture's syndrome Familial hypercholesterolemia Hyperviscosity syndrome (Such as mixed cryoglobulinemia, thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura) The HELLP syndrome of pregnancy Clogging of blood vessels (leukostasis) cause by severely elevated white blood count in leukaemia Severely elevated platelet counts in leukaemia or myeloproliferative disorders

Apheresis can also be effective in certain cases of:

Systemic lupus with life-threatening complications Severe vasculitis Polymyositis or dermatomyositis Severe rheumatoid arthritis Rapidly progressive glomerulonephritis Chronic autoimmune polyneuropathy in cases of solid organ transplantation with a high risk of antibody-mediated rejection of the transplant

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