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Year : 1996  |  Volume : 39  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 333-42

Current status of transfusion medicine in India.

Department of Transfusion Medicine, Tata Memorial Hospital, Parel, Bombay

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Z S Bharucha
Department of Transfusion Medicine, Tata Memorial Hospital, Parel, Bombay

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A review of current scenario of transfusion medicine (TM) in India indicates an urgent need for restructuring the blood transfusion service (BTS). The BTS is hospital based with extreme variations in management and technology in different parts of the country. Compliance of quality assurance and good manufacturing practice is not ensured at all centres. Inspite of compulsory legislation, 34% of blood banks are yet unlicensed. Nearly 50% of 3 million units collected annually against a requirement of 6 million are estimated to be provided from paid blood sellers. Only 5% of voluntary donors are repeat donors. Complete testing of all donated blood is questionable due to operational problems. Only 40 centres are equipped to provide blood components. The shortage of blood is enhanced by inappropriate use of blood. Efficient clinical practice demands introduction of TM as a specialty.

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