Red Cross to store blood in hospitals PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 20 February 2017 11:59

By R.G. ANTONET GO

 

The Philippine Red Cross (Zamboanga city Chapter) will be storing blood in hospitals, thus providing its easy access to medical practitioners.

Joseline Fernandez, OIC PRC Administrator said that this will start with Brent Hospital and will soon be practiced city-wide.

The new practice will also make it more convenient for family members and relatives to access blood.

Instead of going to the PRC office, family members may avail of blood which is stored right in the hospital.

Fernandez explained that blood components that will be available in hospitals include whole blood and packed red blood cells of types O,A,AB, and B.

Each bag will contain 450cc of blood depending on the availability of blood type.

The Philippine Red Cross will bill the hospital blood processing fees.  The blood processing fee for whole blood amounts to P1,800 while packed RBC amounts to P1,500.

The fees go to reagents which are being used to test the presence of Hepatitis B and C, HIV, Malaria, and Syphilis to ensure that safe blood is given to patients.  (RGAAGo)