J-12, Laxmi Nagar, West High Court Road. Nagpur 440022. M.S. Tel. 0712-2230876 / 2231660 / 9130002271

Click here to edit subtitle

Autologous blood transfusion

 Autologous blood transfusion is the collection and reinfusion of the patient's own blood or blood components. Normally blood is collected from someone other than the patient. Over the last several years, an increased awareness of diseases transmitted by allogeneic blood has resulted in a dramatic increase in autologous blood transfusion. Clinical research and practice in autologous blood use have also grown in recent years, providing new insights into the issues involved. 


Despite reduction of the risk of transmitting viruses such as the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) or hepatitis B or C (HCV),2,3 autologous blood transfusion remains safer than allogeneic blood transfusion and appropriate for properly selected patients. Exclusive or supplemental use of autologous blood can eliminate or reduce many adverse effects of transfusion. Directed donations -- blood donated by a friend or family member for a designated patient -- are not as safe as the patient's own blood and must not be considered equivalent to autologous donations. 

Since most planned surgical procedures are not associated with sufficient blood loss to result in transfusion, autologous blood techniques are not appropriate for all patients. However the blood can be released for others within the purview of law. The transfusion experience of patients who have undergone similar procedures can serve as a guide. Several types of autologous transfusion can be used either alone or in combination:

  • preoperative autologous blood donation (PABD),
  • intraoperative blood salvage,
  • postoperative blood salvage, and
  • acute normovolemic hemodilution (ANH).


Standards, guidelines, and regulations exist for patient selection as well as processing and transfusion of blood collected using autologous transfusion techniques. These should be used by each hospital's transfusion committee in establishing and monitoring autologous transfusion programs. You should discuss this subject with the Hospital or related Blood Bank should you or anyone known to you is to undergo surgical procedure.

Many Western countries practice autotransfusion routinely. In India only a few hospitals undertake the procedure. By and large we are yet to catch up with the practice. This is because we are not aware of the subject.  It is high time we adapt the practice......




Our journey so far..

JEEVAN JYOTI BLOOD BANK began it’s humble journey on the 8th April 1997. It was the first blood bank in Nagpur offering blood components for rational and specific use of blood. On 6th Sept. 1999 the blood bank became the first to be accorded the status of Regional Blood Transfusion Centre by the Govt. of Maharashtra. This status allows the blood bank to conduct blood donation camps.

JJBB was the first Blood Bank in Central India to install a Cell separator machine for harvesting of platelets, a life saving procedure (Plateletpheresis).

Govt. of Maharashtra presented a Certificate of honour to Jeevan Jyoti Blood Bank in appreciation of it’s vital and significant contribution in supplying Platelets during the Mumbai floods in 2005 and help saving several lives.

Pictorial education.

Important site on Blood Transfusion.

Know everything about blood banks visit

This is a very informative site of Maharashtra State Blood Transfusion Council (SBTC). It gives relevant information, such as:

National Blood Transfusion Policy.

Registration of Hospitals with SBTC.

Importance of Hospitals Transfusion Committee.

Starting a 'Blood Storage Centre' in your Hospital.

Newest Members