Limited Donor Exposure Programme

The "limited donor exposure programme" (LDEP) was implemented in order to decrease donor exposure for those neonates/ paediatrics who are on long-term transfusion therapy. The advantages of the LDEP/ infant red cell concentrates are as follows: (1) the complete dose is derived from a single donor; (2) reduced donor exposure for the patient; (3) reduced risk of alloimmunisation to HLA antigens. Neonatal units should arrange with the Blood Bank that those neonates with extended transfusion needs are placed on LDEP.

Gamma-Irradiation of Blood Products

Gamma-irradiated blood and blood products are provided upon request. The irradiation procedure is performed at our blood bank which is situated at the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital. The irradiated blood and blood products are then transported to the requesting blood bank, for issue to the ward.

Plasma Products

Plasma products are rich in clotting factors. It is separated from whole blood donations, by component separation techniques.

Platelet Products

There are essentially two types of platelet products i.e. platelets that are harvested by apheresis technique and platelets that are derived from individual random whole blood donations that are pooled into one bag.

Paediatric Whole Blood Products

All of our infant/paediatric blood and blood products are leucocyte depleted. The advantage of leucocyte depletion is that it decreases the risk of alloimmunisation to HLA antigens.

Paediatric Platelet Products

All of our infant/paediatric blood and blood products are leucocyte depleted. The advantage of leucocyte depletion is that it decreases the risk of alloimmunisation to HLA antigens.

Paediatric Red Cell Products

All of our infant/paediatric blood and blood products are leucocyte depleted. The advantage of leucocyte reduction is that it decreases the risk of alloimmunisation to HLA antigens.

Paediatric Plasma Products

All of our infant/paediatric blood and blood products are leucocyte depleted. The advantage of leucocyte depletion is that it decreases the risk of alloimmunisation to HLA antigens.

Whole Blood Products

Whole blood is a complex tissue that contains all of the blood components. These components, particularly the platelet function and coagulation factors deteriorate rapidly with storage. 

Red Cell Products

Red cell components are useful for its iron-rich stores. It is indicated for a wide range of medical and surgical conditions for treating surgical and medical anaemia.