Blood Banks Wasted 6 Lakh Litres Of Blood Due To Lack Of Coordination In The Last Five Years

Maharashtra, the only state which crossed the one-million mark vis-a-vis collection of blood units, fared worst along with West Bengal and Andhra Pradesh.

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2.8 million units of blood and its components were wasted from the blood banks in just five years across the country, according to a recent report by Times of India which stated that some serious loopholes in the nation's blood banking system are the reason for this major depletion of blood units.  

If measured in litres then the cumulative wastage of around 6% comes out to more than 6 lakh litres and a volume enough to fill up 53 water tankers.

The situation is worst in states like Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu where life-saving components such as red blood cells and plasma units could not be used before the end of their shelf life.

Source: independent

The thing which is most worrying is 50% of the wasted units were plasma which has a one-year shelf life, longer than whole blood and red blood cells that have to be used within 35 days.

This spoilage data is provided by the National Aids Control Organisation (Naco) in response to an RTI query filed by petitioner Chetan Kothari.

Maharashtra, the only state which crossed the one-million mark vis-a-vis collection of blood units, was at the bottom along with West Bengal and Andhra Pradesh.

Source: birlamedisoft

While talking to Times of India one senior officer said, "In 2016-17, there is a near 17% fall in wastage. Also, hospitals have to keep blood in an emergency reserve to deal with mass casualties."

He also added that many western countries also see 15-25% of components being discarded.

Title Image: thehansindia

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