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Transfusion Medicine and Immunohaematology

Sl. No. Name Designation
Dr. Mini C.V.
Associate Professor
Dr. Jess Elizabeth Rasalam
Assistant Professor
Dr. Ajmeer Khan
Dr. Magdelin Simon Varghese
Dr. Harsha Unni
Dr. Riya Mathew
Dr. Jasna A.M
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List of Publications of Dr. Mini C.V. (Associate Professor)

  1. Viswanathan MC, Vilambil S, Usha KKC. Diagnostic and treatment related factors determining red cell transfusion among sick neonates. J. Evolution Med. Dent. Sci. 2019;8(26):2075-2078, DOI: 10.14260/jemds/2019/455
  2. Viswanathan MC, Vilambil S, Usha KKC. Birth related factors determining red blood cell transfusion among sick neonates. J. Evolution Med. Dent. Sci. 2019;8(27):2192-2196, DOI: 10.14260/jemds/2019/480
  3. Viswanathan MC, Vilambil S, Usha KKC. Maternal and prenatal determinants of red cell transfusion among sick neonates. J. Evolution Med. Dent. Sci. 2019;8(28):2225-2228, DOI: 10.14260/jemds/2019/485
  4. Viswanathan MC, Vilambil S, Usha KKC. Transfusion requirements of sick neonates in intensive care unit. J. Evolution Med. Dent. Sci. 2019;8(30):2399-2402, DOI: 10.14260/jemds/2019/523

List of Publications of Dr. Jess Elizabeth Rasalam (Assistant Professor)

  1. Rasalam JE, Kumar S, Amalraj P, et al. Do red cell alloantibodies continue to challenge breast fed babies? Transfusion Med. 2020;1-6. tme.12672
  2. Mammen JJ, Kumar S, Thomas L, et al Factors associated with mortality among moderate and severe patients with COVID-19 in India: a secondary analysis of a randomised controlled trial BMJ Open 2021 doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2021-050571
  3. Kumar S, Rasalam JE, David VT, Yenuberi H, Amalraj P, Jeyaseelan L, et al. Breast milk contains red cell isohaemagglutinins: An observational study of 176 mothers. Vox Sang. 2022;e13253
  4. Kumar, Snehil & Rasalam, J E & David, Velukaran & Yenuberi, Hilda & Amalraj, Pushpanathan & Jeyaseelan, Lakshmanan & Regi, Annie & Abraham, Anuja & Beck, Manisha & Mathews, Jiji & Kumar, Manish & Santhanam, Sridhar & Daniel, Dolly. (2022). Reply to Datta: Breast milk contains red cell isohaemagglutinins: Doubts and dilemmas. Vox Sanguinis. 117. 10.1111/vox.13265.
  5. Rasalam JE, Kumar S, Sujith K, Fouzia NA, Palle A, Daniel D, et al. Sickle cells are not necessarily protective against falciparum. Asian J Transfus Sci 2022;0:0-0. DOI:10.4103/ajts.ajts_122_21
  6. Alexander V, Rasalam JE, Kumar S, Daniel D, Nair SC, Subramani K, Chacko B, James EJ, David VG, Varughese S, Patel L, Jayalakshmi VT, Singh KA, Kumar S, Zachariah U, Goel A, Eapen CE. Transfusion-related lung complications are uncommon in non-ventilated liver failure patients undergoing low-volume plasma exchange. Indian J Gastroenterol. 2023 Aug 12. doi: 10.1007/s12664-023-01429-6. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 37572266

Ongoing Projects in the Department

  1. Fresh Frozen Plasma utilisation pattern in a tertiary care hospital in Alappuzha
  2. Incidence of delayed adverse reactions among whole blood donors in a tertiary care centre in Alappuzha

Medical and Paramedical Courses Conducted

The Department conducts MD course in Immunohaematology and Blood Transfusion with an intake of one post graduate student per year.
We train MBBS students and MD students of various departments and also DMLT students.

Routine clinical activities

Blood centre is an emergency department which works 24 hours x 365 days in three shifts. The areas or stations of work in the department are:

1. Donor counselling and registration
2. Medical examination and donor selection (Hb screening and blood grouping )
3. Sample receiving
4. Blood grouping and Rh typing
5. Cross matching with blood from inventory and issue
6. Testing for TTD’s and care and follow up of positive samples.
7. Blood component separation and proper storage
8. Phlebotomy and donor care
9. Special Immunohaematological tests like IAT, Antibody titration, DAT, Phenotyping,
10. Conducting in-house and outreach blood donation camps
11. Quality control of reagents and equipments.

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