“There was no facility in Ooty to separate blood components.
We used to refer patients, especially those affected by dengue fever — who need white platelets — to hospitals in Coimbatore,” he told TOI.While dengue patients require only white platelets, anaemic patients need red blood cells.
Though it was installed a month ago, the hospital received licence from the drug controller general of India only recently.In Nilgiris, blood bank facility is available only in three government hospitals such as Ooty GH, Coonoor GH and Gudalur GH.
“It is dangerous to transfuse whole blood to an anaemic patient as it would affect the functioning of the heart.
Likewise, newborns with deficient blood counts only need the required component.
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