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Blood Transfusion Centre

The Transfusion Centre of the Campus Bio-Medico University Hospital is in the Transfusion Medicine and Cell Therapy Unit, in collaboration with the Haematology and Stem Cells Transplant and forms part of the Lazio Est Department of Transfusion Medicine.

 

It is responsible for assessing, in conjunction with the ward doctors, the transfusion requirements of the inpatient wards for the optimal allocation of blood components. It implements collection and preventive storage procedures for surgical interventions that involve high rates of blood loss and carries out recovery and re-infusion procedures during surgery and for six hours afterwards. It also supplies blood components treated by special filtration or irradiation techniques for transfusion to critically ill patients, such as those undergoing haematopoietic stem cell transplants.

 

Blood can be donated at the University Hospital Transfusion Centre from Monday to Saturday between 8.00 - 11.30 am. If you are planning to give blood, please do not eat breakfast before travelling to the Transfusion Centre.

 

To donate blood, you must:

  • be aged between 18 and 65 years
  • weigh more than 50 kg
  • not have suffered any serious illnesses
  • not be suffering from any chronic disease

Donors will be welcomed on arrival by specialist staff who will explain how the donation will proceed. If it is your first donation, after some preliminary tests you will have a medical examination and be asked to give your consent. Donation may be one of two types: donation of whole blood or of a single component (plasma or platelets). Donation of a single component (or “selective donation”) is carried out using a cell separator which collects some of the components of the blood, returning the remainder to the donor. If whole blood has been donated, it is transferred to the fractionation laboratory where it is separated into three different blood components (plasma, red cells and platelets in a concentrated form). This product undergoes 24 tests so as to prevent the donor transmitting infectious diseases to transfusion recipients. The results of the tests are then sent to the donor, who can thus also monitor his or her own health.

RESEARCH AREAS

  • Improvement of methods of controlling surgical bleeding
  • Regeneration of tissues damaged by the clinical use of blood-derived and bone marrow-derived cells
  • Treatment of haemorrhagic cystitis after stem cell transplantation by the endoscopic application of fibrin glue
  • Use of bone marrow stem cells for faster regeneration of bone tissue damaged by degenerative processes

INFORMATION AND CONTACTS

Tel.: (+39) 06.22541.1050  |  Fax: (+39) 06.22541.1029 | 

 

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