Blood donor units are the backbone of blood transfusion services worldwide. Blood transfusion is a necessary medical procedure that saves millions of lives annually. From emergencies to ongoing medical treatments, blood needs are constant.
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To ensure an adequate and readily available blood supply, KUTRRH’s blood donor unit contributes significantly to improving patient outcomes and ensuring the availability of life-saving treatments. It has an 11-bed capacity in which 30-40 donors can donate their blood on a daily basis. It operates every day of the year, including weekends and holidays.
Our blood donor unit conducts two types of blood donation procedures:
- Whole Blood Donation. This is the most common type. It involves donating a pint (approximately 470 ml) of whole blood, which includes red blood cells, plasma, and platelets.
- Apheresis blood donation: It is done using an apheresis machine specifically designed for the collection of specific blood components, such as platelets, plasma, or red blood cells, while returning the remaining components to the donor.
We are among the few public hospitals in the country that can carry out Apheresis blood donation, which is a game changer since one donor can donate two doses of platelets. In contrast, in whole blood donation, one requires six donors for only one dose of platelets.