Bulk transfer of Blood and Blood Components: Procedure and Conditions

Last Updated on December 17, 2022 by The Health Master

Bulk transfer of Blood and Blood Components

According to the notification GSR No. 328 (E) dt 03-04-2017, bulk transfers of whole human blood and blood components are permitted to other blood centers.

National Blood Transfusion Council in its meeting of 05.08.2015 has also issued some guidelines and conditions for the Bulk transfer of blood and its components from one blood centre to another blood centre.

Procedure

The formats for the request and issue of a bulk transfer of blood and its components are as follows:

Request Form for Recipient Blood Centre: Click the below link to download the Form

Request-Form-for-Recipient-Blood-centre

Issue Form for Supplier Blood Centre: Click the below link to download the Form

Issue-Form-for-Supplier-Blood-centre

Conditions

Bulk transfer of blood and blood components amongst licensed blood centres in the country would henceforth be allowed under the following conditions:

  • Bulk transfers of whole human blood and blood components can be done between licensed blood centres.
  • Bulk transfers of whole human blood and blood components can be done among Blood centres in the state or across the state borders.
  • All transfers shall be done at the recommended temperature and as per prescribed storage conditions for whole human blood and blood components.
  • The recipient blood banks shall not further transfer units obtained from another blood bank except to another blood storage centre or a patient
  • The supplier blood centre shall be responsible for compliance thereof.
  • The recipient blood centre should have the capacity to hold the units requested, at an appropriate temperature until the time of utilization.
  • Broad-based donor consent should be incorporated in the standard donor form to ensure that the donor agrees to his blood unit being utilized beyond the blood centre where it is donated.
  • The supplier blood centre can levy the prescribed processing charges on the patient or recipient, or the recipient blood centre as per NBTC norms.
  • The recipient blood centre can levy only processing charging for compatibility testing (cross-matching), in addition to charges levied by the supplier blood centre, from the patient/recipient for such transferred units.
  • Records of traceability shall be retained throughout the process.
  • The supplier blood centre would be responsible for all the complications except those related to compatibility testing, which will be the responsibility of the recipient blood bank.
  • The recipient blood bank shall report and evaluate all the adverse transfusion reactions, including those happening due to blood that has been transferred from the supplier blood bank.
  • The documents accompanying the transfer shall include a TTI testing report and a record of transport at the appropriate temperature.
  • Blood centres would be informed regarding bulk transfers to SBTC and, in the case of interstate bulk transfers, to NBTC.

Note: Also follow the guidelines or instructions issued by the concerned State Authorities where the Supplier or Recipient Blood centre is situated.

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