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Steps to store blood in vain

The spoilage of blood continues to be a serious concern at the General Hospital with the authorities yet to plug the loopholes. In the third such incident this year, 140 bottles of blood were spoiled and had to be discarded on Tuesday.

Published: 29th November 2012 09:25 AM  |   Last Updated: 29th November 2012 09:57 AM   |  A+A-

The spoilage of blood continues to be a serious concern at the General Hospital with the authorities yet to plug the loopholes. In the third such incident this year, 140 bottles of blood were spoiled and had to be discarded on Tuesday. Though a power failure was reported to have led to the spoilage of blood, the hospital authorities attributed it to the problems in the refrigerator that stored the blood.

‘’An inquiry has been ordered into the spoilage of blood. The Cold Chain Officer will be coming here on Thursday to inspect the machine. The details of the actual cause of the spoilage will be known only after that,’’ General Hospital superintendent Dr Faseelathu Beevi told this paper.

‘’Officials from the AIDS Control Society who had visited the hospital said that the blood got spoiled because of a  problem in the refrigerator,’’ she said.

‘’They said that there was no issue with regard to power failure and the generator was functioning well,’’ she said, and added that earlier also the problem of spoilage of blood had happened because of the problems in the machine that stored blood. 

However, there are allegations that the blood got spoiled after the refrigerating system failed as there was no separate generator for the blood blank during times of power failure. The blood bank that was considered a model bank was allotted sophisticated automatic generators. However, it is alleged that these generators were shifted to another department, which had led to the spoilage of blood.

Thiruvananthapuram Electric Circle Deputy Chief Engineer K K Jayakumari said that they have not received any reports of power interruption. ‘’We facilitate a change-over of the power supply at the General Hospital in the night. We have not received any recommendation with regard to change-over in the morning. We will see that power is not disrupted at the General Hospital,’’ she said.



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