Regulatory Framework for Organizing Blood Donation Camps

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NEW DELHI: The requirements of premises, personnel, equipments and organizations permitted to conduct a blood donation camp are provided under Schedule “F” (Part XII-B Sub part-II) of the Drugs and Cosmetics Rules, 1945. The relevant extract from Act is at “Annexure”.

Department of AIDS Control supports 1137 blood banks in government and charitable sectors and ensures access to safe and quality blood and components through linkages between blood banks and hospitals.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Health & Family Welfare ShriAbu Hasem Khan Choudhuryin written reply to a question in the RajyaSabha yesterday.

BLOOD DONATION CAMPS.

A blood donation camp may be organized by –
(a) a licensed designated Regional Blood Transfusion Centre ; or
(b) a licensed Government blood bank; or
(c) the Indian Red Cross society; or
(d) a licensed blood bank run by registered voluntary or charitable organizations recognized by State or Union Territory Blood Transfusion Council)]

NOTES:
(i)“ Designated Regional Blood Transfusion Centre” shall be a center approved and designated by a Blood Transfusion Council constituted by a State Government to collect, process and distribute blood and its components to cater to the needs of the region and that center has also been licensed and approved by the Licensing Authority  and Central Licence Approving Authority for the purpose.

(ii) The designated Regional Blood Transfusion Centre, Government blood bank and Indian Red Cross Society shall intimate within a period of seven days, the venue where  the blood camp was held and details of group wise blood units collected in the said  camp to the Licensing Authority and Central Licence Approving Authority.

For holding a blood donation camp, the following requirements shall be fulfilled/complied with, namely:

(A)   Premises, personnel etc.
(a) Premises under the blood donation camp shall have sufficient area and the location shall be hygienic so as to allow proper operation, maintenance and cleaning.

(b) All information regarding the personnel working, equipment used and facilities available at such a Camp shall be well documented and made available for inspection, if required, and ensuring –
(i) Continuous and uninterrupted electrical supply for equipment used in the Camp;
(ii) Adequate lighting for all the required activities;
(iii) Hand-washing facilities for staff;
(iv) Reliable communication system to the central office of theController/organizer of the Camp;
(v) Furniture and equipment arranged within the available space;
(vi) Refreshment facilities for donors and staff;
(vii) Facilities for medical examination of the donors;
(viii) Proper disposal of waste.

(B)   Personnel for Out-door Blood Donation Camp:

To collect blood from 50 to 70 donors in about 3 hours or from 100 to 120 donors in 5 hours, the following requirements shall be fulfilled / complied with:
(i) One Medical Officer and two nurses or phlebotomists for managing 6-8 donor tables.
(ii) two medico social workers
(iii) three blood bank technicians
(iv) two attendants
(v) vehicle having a capacity to seat 8-10 persons, with provision for carriage of donation goods including facilities to conduct a blood donation camp.

(C) Equipments :
1. BP apparatus
2. Stethoscope
3. Blood bags (single, double, triple, quadruple)
4. Donor questionnaire
5. Weighing device for donors
6. Weighing device for blood bags
7. Artery forceps, scissors
8. Stripper for blood tubing
9. Bed sheets, blankets/mattress
10. Lancets, swab stick/tooth picks
11. Glass slides
12. Portable Hb meter/copper sulphate337
13. Test tube (big) and 12x100mm (small)
14. Test tube stand
15. Anti-A, Anti-B and Anti-AB, Antisera and Anti-D
16. Test tube sealer film
17. Medicated adhesive tape
18. Plastic waste basket
19. Donor cards and refreshment for donors
20 Emergency medical kit
21 Insulated blood bag containers with provisions for storing between 2 degree centigrade to 10 degree centigrade.
22. Dielectric sealer or portable tube sealer
23. Needle destroyer (wherever necessary)

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