The OMI blood bank is run on exchange basis, thus encouraging family donors to donate healthy, screened blood for patients.

Each donor selected is first typed for blood group determination and the haemoglobin and serum ALT (SGPT) levels estimates. The donor is then screened for:

  • Hepatitis B
  • Hepatitis C
  • HIV
  • VDRL
  • Malarial parasites

The screened blood is cross-matched with the patientís blood before being transfused.

The screening for Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and HIV is performed on architect i1000, which is new generation automated machine which employs the chemiluminescent microparticle immuno assay (CMIA) methodology.

The blood products supplied from the OMI blood bank are:

  • Whole blood
  • Packed cells (Red Cell concentrate)
  • Fresh frozen plasma

The blood bags are stored under prescribed conditions.