Apollo Hospitals introduces coagulation screening test

September 7, 2010

Courtesy: thefinancialexpress-bd.com

Apollo Hospitals, Dhaka has introduced a coagulation screening test in single blood sample in its lab medicine department, according to a press release.

Coagulation screening test provides precise diagnosis of any abnormality of blood coagulation as in hemophilia, thalassemia, blood malignancy, other malignancy or any genetic disorder.

This screening consists of a set of seven tests like Bleeding Time (BT), Clotting Time (CT), Platelet count, Prothrombin Time (PT), Activated Partial Thromboplastin Time (APTT), Thrombin Time (TT) and Fibrinogen assay in a single blood sample collection.

The report will be delivered same day after 5:00 pm if sample is received within 12:00 noon, if later then it will be delivered next day after 10:00 am, the release added.

Apollo Hospital, Ahmedabad on an Expansion Spree

January 17, 2010

Courtesy by: expresshealthcaremgmt.com

Ahmedabad-based super-specialty Apollo Hospitals, which has 400-bed capacity but has 180 functional beds, is all geared up and embarking upon expansion plans to improve the delivery of patient care. A major initiative with futuristic requirement is the new Stemcyte and Cord blood Collection Centre, which is a joint collaboration between Apollo Hospitals, local pharma giant Cadilla Pharmaceutical and StemCyte India Therapeutics Ltd with Stem Cyte USA. The centre is due to open in the first quarter of 2010. The hospital has also started a new 13-bed Haemato-Oncology Centre and two-bed stem cell ICU and is currently dealing with haemato-oncology patients requiring stem cell and bone marrow transplants. “The plan is to start a paediatric stem cell transplant for conditions like thalassemia major and congenital immunodeficiency disorders. The other facilities that has been already completed includes a new endoscopy unit, a six-bed day care centre and six bed high dependency unit,” shares Dr Praful Pawar, CEO, Apollo Hospitals, Ahmedabad.

The hospital will be expanding its Platinum International Wing bed capacity of 10 beds by another 16 beds in next three to six months. Critical Care Units (ICUs) at the hospital is set for expansion of its current capacity of 70 beds to 100 beds in next six months.

The hospital has also started new initiatives such as knee clinic, smoking cessation clinic, no touch thermal breast scan, sugar clinic, hyperbaric oxygen therapy, pain management clinic, and sunset clinic to continuously improve the patient care.

“On October 2, we achieved another milestone by becoming the first Indian corporate hospital to provide telemedicine consultations to inmates of Ahmedabads’s Sabarmati Jail. This Sabarmati Jail- Apollo Hospitals, Ahmedabad telemedicine tie up through ISRO to treat prisoners, is first-of-its-kind in India,” shares Dr Pawar. The hospital is also planning to start a cadaveric liver transplant programme in the near future

Cord blood stem cell transplantation cures minor girl

September 16, 2009

Courtesy by: samaylive

Chennai, Sept 16 An eight-year-old girl suffering from Thalassemia has been cured by ‘cord blood stem cell transplantation’ at a hospital here.

The doctors used her younger brother’s cord blood stem cells for transplantation and the hospital authorities claimed it was the first time this method was practised.

Thalassemia is a genetic blood disorder in which the body makes an abnormal form of hemoglobin that results in excessive destruction of these cells and causes severe anaemia that can occur months after the birth. The patient then has to undergo monthly blood transfusion.

Mayur Abhaya, president and executive director of LifeCell International, a leading stem cell bank, told reporters here that Thamirabhurani was suffering from Thalassemia for the last six and a half years.

She went through painful blood transfusion and medication until the stem cell Cord blood stem cell transplantation cures minor girl, he said.

“The stem cell transplantation was recently done by Dr Revathi Raj at Apollo Hospital and it helped the girl get rid of Thalassemia,” he said, adding doctors had recommended that the patient start on iron reducing medication initially.

“The doctors then asked her parents to consider another pregnancy and go for umbilical cord blood stem cell banking”, he added.

Raj said a pre-natal test confirmed that the foetus was not affected with Thalaseemia.

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