November 2014, Vol 4, Issue 11

Fail Story: How we failed to improve voluntary blood donation at a private hospital based blood bank

Fail Story is a new section in Sankalp Patrika. We often share stories of success with you. We thought that it may be interesting or rather important to share with you the stories of failure that we face. We hope that one of you will find a better solution to the problems we faced.

Do we really need fresh blood?

In India the demand for fresh blood units  especially in case of cardiac surgeries has been a major challenge for the voluntary blood donation program. Though vast majority of associated clinicians agree that there is no need for so called fresh blood units  but still the hospitals involved in cardiac surgeries continue to demand 'fresh' units.