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Al-Qunfudhah Hospital: Lab and Blood Bank Enhanced with Cutting-edge Appliances
18 January 2018

​According to Al-Qunfudhah Health Affairs, the lab and blood bank of Al-Qunfudhah Hospital are enhanced with cutting-edge appliances, leading to qualitative shift in blood banks and services for people with sickle cell anemia, and much more. The new appliances feature (Trima), the automated blood collection system, used to collect red blood cells, platelets and fresh plasma directly from blood donors. With Trima, the practitioner can collect, from one donor, as much platelets as from 5-6 donors in normal ways.

Opita is the second device, which is sued to automatically reduce (Hemoglobin S) in sickle cell anemia patients. Optia exchanges infected red blood cells for the platelets and plasma. With it, more amounts of infected cells can be removed; thus, reducing (Hemoglobin S) level to almost its half or more depending on each single case. Optia also effectively reduces the frequency of such procedure from one month to 2-3 months.

The new device is a complete system with various applications, including reduction of white cells for cancer patients, collection of stem cells, and exchange of infected plasma which negatively affects nervous system. Also, the system feature key applications to treat such diseases as difficult to be treated through conventional methods or chemotherapy.

The third device is used for automated blood components separation to collect various blood products, including red cells, plasma, and top-quality platelets. This directly serves patients in need for blood products, based on their respective cases.

On the other hand, MOH's Home Healthcare Program conduced last year 311,522 home visits by 320 medical teams (200 daily visits), through 213 hospitals across the Kingdom.

Since 1430H., the Ministry of Health (MOH) has provided home medicine services through a qualified medical team across the Kingdom to the eligible patients at their homes and among their families; in an endeavor to enhance their physical and mental health conditions, and to give them and their families peace of mind. Furthermore, the program increases the bed usability turn-over; thus, helping MOH serve more patients at less costs.

It is worth mentioning that the home medicine departments and sections across the Kingdom provide health care to patients with the engagement of their families, and meet their needs, in terms of medication and devices, which positively reflects on patients’ psychological, social and health conditions.​




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