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IMS and SUM Hospital conducts first ever bone marrow transplantation

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Bhubaneswar, Dec. 20 :

In a path-breaking initiative, the Institute of Medical Sciences and SUM Hospital, blossoming under the SOA University umbrella, has successfully conducted the first ever bone marrow transplantation (BMT) in Odisha at its newly-launched Hematology department.

The patient, who underwent the BMT process (also known as Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation) over three weeks ago, has recovered well and is doing fine.SUM Hospital

The department, headed by Dr Prabodh Kumar Das, has a clinical section to provide treatment of all hematological disorders and a laboratory section which extends diagnostic facilities with almost all hematological disorders. It is ably supported by a modern blood bank with component facilities and has provision for gamma irradiation of blood products.

Das, who has extensive training in hematology (both adult and paediatric) from the Christian Medical College (CMC), Vellore, has a FRCPA (Hematology) degree from Australia. He was trained in Paediatric Hematology Oncology from the Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Canada as well as in Bone Marrow Transplantation from the Vancouver General Hospital, Vancouver, Canada and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Centre, Seattle, USA.

The SUM Hospital has been making rapid strides towards becoming one of the state’s most sought after healthcare centres providing affordable treatment to the masses and the recent addition of the department of Hematology and stem cell transplantation to the existing facilities has taken the hospital to a new high.

Multidisciplinary team comprising doctors, nurses, dieticians, social workers and psychologists have been working together to provide compassionate, and comprehensive care to hematology patients at affordable cost.

The state-of-the-art stem cell transplantation unit has six beds and is the first of its kind in Odisha with HEPA filter and laminar flow system. It does have all necessary facilities of an ICU in each room with provision to provide dialysis so as to prevent transfer of the patient to another ICU.

The unit has been provided with a procedure room for collection of peripheral blood stem cells, a pharmacy with laminar air hood so that drugs can be prepared in sterile cabinet, a separate kitchen to prepare pressure cooked food.

The department also has a COBE Spectra Apheresis machine which is used to do red cell exchange, leukapheresis, plasma exchange and stem cell collection. It has already done four leukapheresis.

The hospital boasts of a state-of-the-art blood bank offering round the clock service. It has facilities for component preparations like packed cells, random donor platelets, fresh frozen plasma and cryoprecipitate.

The blood bank has a separate COBE TRIMA machine for collection of Single Donor Platelet (SDP) and is provided with an Irradiator which is used to irradiate the blood products to prevent graft versus host disease.

It has laminar hood and also a -80 degree freezer for cryopreservation of stem cells.