COVID -19 Plasma Bank set up at PGIMER Chandigarh

Chandigarh, September 3, 2020: PGI Chandigarh has taken the initiative regarding creation of plasma bank facility in the Dept of Transfusion Medicine on the directive of the Governor of Punjab cum Administrator U T. Chandigarh, V.P Singh Badnore.
The Plasma bank will cater to the needs of patients admitted in PGI Chandigarh as well as other Government and private hospitals of the city on a first come first servedbasis.
The salient features of the recommendations of the committee constituted by Director PGI are:
* Convalescent Plasma (Covid-19) will be issued exclusively based on ICMR guidelines for its off-label use.
The request form must contain information on the clinical condition of the patient and severity of disease as per ICMR treatment guidelines available on ICMR website:
* The Government and private hospitals in the Union territory of Chandigarh, desirous of using Convalescent Plasma treatment need to register with Department of Transfusion Medicine, PGIMER Chandigarh through e-mail (plasmabankpgi@gmail.com) by registering phone number and e-mail ID of designated nodal officer of their hospitals.
* The nodal officers of the Govt and private hospitals will send the patient clinical detail information on email (preferably in routine hours – 8 am to 5 pm) or as and when required in emergency.
In response, the PGI Plasma bank team will guide them further.
Once clinical indication for transfusion of CP is approved by the clinical team of PGI, patient attendants can submit a request form along with patient’s sample, declaration form and patient’s clinical form at reception (Room No. 3056, 3RD floor Service B-block, Nehru Hospital) in Department of Transfusion Medicine, PGIMER, Chandigarh.
A minimum of 3 hours would be required to process this request following all Covid-19 precautions.
* After confirmation of the blood group of the patient, one unit (200ml) of group specific Convalescent Plasma will be issued.
* Convalescent Plasma will be issued free of cost to patients admitted in PGIMER and other Govt Hospitals in Chandigarh. However, for private hospitals minimum processing charges would be levied as per institute policy.
* Plasma Bank Committee, PGI has recommended that nodal officers of hospitals outside PGI, should share a list of Covid-19 recovered patients discharged from their hospitals with Department of Transfusion Medicine, PGIMER, and motivate them for plasma donation in PGI.
However, recovered patients from Covid-19, willing to donate Convalescent Plasma can contact and fix their appointment for screening and testing with Dr Suchet Sachdev (7087009487) and Dr Divjot Singh Lamba (7087003371).

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