More than 60,000 blood units collected by the Dubai Blood Donation Center in 2017

DUBAI, 12th March, 2018 (WAM) — The Dubai Blood Donation Center has collected more than 60,000 blood units and almost 6,000 platelet in 2017 through 676 blood donations campaigns, revealed the director of the center.

Dr Mai Raouf, Director of the Dubai Blood Donation Center, said the center strives to ensure that Dubai Health Authority-run public hospitals and private hospital’s in Dubai have the sufficient supply of blood they need to save patient’s lives.

She said that last year, the center collected 64,666 blood units and 5,828 blood platelets in 2017.

Dr Raouf said that 38 per cent of the blood collected was supplied to the Thalassemia Center, 16 per cent was supplied to Dubai Hospital, 14 per cent was supplied to Rashid Hospital, eight per cent was supplied to Latifa Hospital, three per cent was supplied to Hatta Hospital and 21 per cent was supplied to private sector hospitals.

“The center is keen to use the latest technologies and practices to enhance the safety of blood transfusion, and to provide excellent services to achieve customer satisfaction and exceed the level of their expectations,” said Dr Raouf.

She added that the Dubai Blood Donation Center, which has the international accreditation from the American Association of Blood Banks since 2012, has taken a number of steps to provide smart services that ease the customer’s journey among them is the launch of the DAMMI App.

The DAMMI blood donation app makes it easier to find the time and place to make blood donations in Dubai.

Dr Raouf said the app allows blood donors to answer donation eligibility questionnaire and read pre-donation educational material through their mobile phones before they come to the donation centre.

The application will allow public to register their details to be contacted during emergencies and disasters to donate blood .This will support the blood services in having wide database for blood donors to be able to cover the hospital’s needs.

“The app will help avoid human errors and will add an extra layer to transfusion safety,” she said.


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