HYDERABAD: Notices would be issued to head of Gynecology department at Gandhi Hospital asking why 270 units of blood, which was reserved, was not utilised. Superintendent of the hospital Dr P Shravan Kumar said that when he inspected records of blood bank, he found that though Gynecology department faculty placed orders to reserve 270 units of blood, in January and February, it was not utilised.
"Notices will be issued to head of Gynecology department Dr Anupama asking explanation on why blood was not utilised. A four member committee is formed to inquire into it. Of the 270 units, the medical officer of the blood bank was able to use 50 per-cent of it" said Dr Shravan Kumar. However, the HoD Dr Anupama Hari said that when patients are brought in critical condition, they ask the blood to be reserved as cautionary step.
"If the patient dies, how will we inject the blood. In a case we handled in March, a woman who was suffering from heavy bleeding after delivery was brought from Gajwel. We placed orders and injected 15 units of blood. Her life was saved.Also, sometimes patients develop reactions to blood such as fluid overload. In this case too we stop injecting blood.We checked our records, there is no proof of blood wastage," Dr Anupama said.
The superintendent said that once blood is reserved, it is a difficult task to hand it over to another patient. "It is the duty of those who placed the order to either utilise it, or inform that they are not going to use it," the superintendent said. Circulars will be issued to all departments at Gandhi Hospital informing that action would be taken if blood is not utilised after orders are placed to reserve it. "If they inform the administration of blood bank that they are not going to use the reserved blood, it can be given to other patients," superintendent of Gandhi Hospital Dr Shravan Kumar said.