Donated blood in Kashmir not safe for transfusion: DAK

Srinagar: On World Blood Donor Day, Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) Tuesday said that donated blood in Kashmir is not safe for transfusion.
With outmoded screening tests being done on donated blood, President DAK Dr Nisar ul Hassan in a statement said that blood banks in the valley put patients at risk of life-threatening infections.
Blood banks screen blood and blood products for Hepatitis B, C and HIV viruses by conventional enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) test that does not detect very early stages of infection in donated blood.
These viruses have a “window period” of weeks to months during which the virus does not show up in the conventional test, he said.
During this period any donated blood will transmit the infection to the recipient.
“Although blood transfusion is life-saving, but unsafe blood transfusion is life-threatening,” Dr Nisar said.