Hyderabad: There has been a tremendous increase (almost double) of people coming forward to donate platelets ever since the spike in the number of dengue cases across the city has been identified. This has helped the hospitals and the blood banks to stay well prepared to face any emergency or critical situations.
The transfusion is advised for patients when their platelet count drops below 20,000. In the last few months, the city recorded over 500 dengue cases and it was those times when the blood donors have turned saviors for many.
A sudden spike in the number of donors coming to their blood bank every day was observed by Krishan Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS), one of the largest hospitals in the city with 1,000 beds.
Hitesh Kumar, consultant transfusion medicine at KIMS said that about 60 single cell platelet donors per month were received in the blood bank about two months back. But, now, the number has grown phenomenally to 200 SDPs per month. Over 30 donors have come forward to donate platelets in just the last two days itself.
He also talked about how over 30 percent of admissions in the hospital was due to dengue. Even in the other hospitals, it is the same situation where doctors are trying their best and giving all efforts to meet requirements.
The general physician of Sunshine Hospitals, Dr. Prashant Kumar said that after the screening process, nearly four hours are required to complete the extraction of platelets from the blood and the period of storage of the platelets is only five days. Hence, he emphasized on why it is very necessary for the people to keep donating platelets.