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Blood Center and Transfusion Medicine

Many cancer patients often require multiple blood transfusions during their course of the disease because bone marrow cells are damaged by chemotherapy or radiation therapy or when the bone marrow is crowded by cancer cells. In fact, five units of blood components are needed every minute to help someone going through cancer treatment.

At Cytecare, we focus on the safety of patients and the blood donors and the best quality of blood components is our priority and we take extra efforts and pride to make it happen.

Blood Center and Transfusion Medicine

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    A 150-bed treatment center which excels in advanced surgical care across oncology, critical care and other specialities.

    Our commitment to providing the highest level of care & treatment to patients has led us to enhance the impact of treatment across multiple specialities through Cytecare Specialities and provide highly advanced cancer treatment and surgical care through our Oncology Center of Excellence


    Cytecare blood centre is a fully equipped, state-of-the-art blood centre with experienced and certified team of doctors and technicians with the availability of all the blood components which caters to our patients as well as nearby hospitals. Healthy voluntary donors from blood donation drives and from our voluntary donor database fulfils our blood donor requirements. Regular voluntary donors assure safe blood as far as transfusion transmitted infections (TTIs) are concerned. All our components are NAT (Nucleic Acid Amplification Test) tested. NAT testing provides an additional layer of safety in preventing transfusion-transmitted infections like HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C in addition to ELISA/ECLIA testing.

    SDP (single donor platelets ) is added with PAS ( platelet additive solution ) which makes it safe as compared to RDPs. It can be given to any group, multiple donor exposure is reduced to one healthy donor thereby reducing platelet refractoriness and excellent platelet count improvement is seen. For pediatric patients, we have the facility to make aliquot blood bags with the help of a sterile connecting dock which enables closed-circuit component aliquot bags maintaining complete sterility. Specialised blood products like irradiated PRBCs and platelets, leucoreduced PRBCs and platelets, saline washed red cells, platelet rich plasma are also available.

    Apheresis components like Peripheral Blood Stem Cells (PBSCs), granulocyte concentrates, single donor plasma, Leukopaks, etc are available. Blood Centre coordinates with the Bone Marrow Transplant (BMT) team for getting PBSC harvesting done and supports the requirement of irradiated and leucoreduced blood components during the patient’s course of the stay.



  • Whole Blood
  • NAT tested PRBCs (Packed Red Blood Cells)
  • NAT tested FFP (Fresh Frozen Plasma)
  • NAT tested RDPs (Random Donor Platelets)
  • NAT tested cryoprecipitate
  • SDP (Single Donor Platelets) with additive solution
  • For pediatric patients, aliquot blood bags. (with the help of a sterile connecting dock which enables closed-circuit component aliquot bags to maintain complete sterility).
  • Irradiated PRBCs and Platelets
  • Leucoreduced PRBCs and Platelets
  • Saline washed red cells
  • Platelet-rich plasma.
  • Apheresis components like Peripheral Blood Stem Cells (PBSCs), granulocyte concentrates, single donor plasma, Leukopaks, etc are made available as per the requirement.
  • Frequently asked questions

    Donating blood typically takes about an hour from start to finish. The actual blood donation process only takes 8-10 minutes, but you should allow extra time for registration, a brief health screening, and a short rest period with refreshments afterwards. Overall, expect the entire visit to last approximately 45 to 60 minutes.

    Transfusion medicine is the field of medicine that ensures the safe and effective transfusion of blood and blood components. It covers the entire process, from blood donation to testing, storage, and administration to patients.

    A "unit" of blood refers to a standardized amount of blood collected from a donor during a single donation session. Typically, one unit of blood is approximately 450 millilitres or about one pint. This measurement includes the red blood cells, plasma, and other components that can be separated and used for various medical treatments.

    The main types of transfusions are red blood cell transfusions, platelet transfusions, plasma transfusions, and whole blood transfusions.

    Who Can Donate Blood: Must weigh at least 110 pounds (50 kg). Should be in good general health and feeling well on the day of donation. Individuals aged 17 and older (16 with parental consent in some areas). Those who have not recently travelled to certain regions with a high risk of diseases or engaged in high-risk behaviours.
    Who Cannot Donate Blood: Individuals with certain health conditions such as HIV/AIDS, hepatitis, or certain cancers. Those who have recently undergone major surgeries or have received a blood transfusion. Pregnant women and those who have given birth within the last 6 weeks. People taking certain medications that can affect the safety of blood donation. Anyone with a current infection or a recent history of infection.

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