Screening of donated blood for transfusion transmissible infections
Donated blood is screened for Syphilis; Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and HIV which can be transmitted through an otherwise unsafe blood.
Highly sensitive methods are used to screen the blood to ensure that the risk of getting an infection through a blood transfusion is eliminated
Only units that are found to be free from the above infections are transfused.
Blood is also tested to determine the donor ABO blood group as well as the Rhesus phenotype.
All blood donors are notified of the status of the four transmissible diseases from the donated blood and their ABO-Rh group for free after blood donation.