The concept of the Blood Bank has undergone a sea change over the last three decades and half with Transfusion Medicine taking over and dealing with management of blood related ailments, experts said at a workshop held at the Institute of Medical Sciences and SUM Hospital on Saturday.
Today immunohematology and transfusion services are inseparable as transfusion medicine encompasses all aspects of transfusion of blood and blood components, Prof. C.B.K.Mohanty, Director, Medical Education and Training in the government department of Health and Family Welfare, said.
Maintenance and observation of blood safety was more important, he said adding scientific approach to blood transfusion had expanded. Transfusion medicine, also known as transfusiology, which began in the USA in 1987 is the branch of medicine that is now playing an important role in patient care, he said. Prof. Mohanty was speaking as the chief guest at the workshop and Continuing Medical Education (CME) programme on the subject ‘Expanding Frontiers of Immunohematology’. The workshop was also addressed by Dr. Bimala Prava Sahoo, Director, State Blood Transfusion Council, Prof. Gangadhar Sahoo, Dean of IMS and SUM Hospital, Prof. Pusparaj Samantasinhar, Medical Superintendent of SUM Hospital, Prof. Bibhudendu Pati and Dr. Girija Nandini Kanungo, Head and Associate Professor respectively in the department of Transfusion Medicine at SUM Hospital.