Narayana Health City has announced the introduction of ID-NAT (Individual Donor-Nucleic Acid Testing), the latest and the most advanced donor blood screening facility at its blood bank in Bommasandra. Highly sensitive ID-NAT helps in identifying life-threatening blood-borne infections like HIV, HCV and HBV in the shortest possible time. The facility makes Narayana Health City the first private hospital in Karnataka to adopt this superior donor blood testing capability.
Millions of lives are saved everyday using blood and blood products, but the number of people who get infected with life-threatening diseases from blood transfusions is equally high. The ID-NAT tests at Narayana Health help in identifying fatal infections, which may be missed by the routine screening tests, faster.
While conventional screening such as ELISA serology testing requires several days to a few weeks for identifying infections, the ID-NAT facility helps the blood bank to identify the contagion within 15 days. The test reduces the risk of transmission of infections to recipients significantly as the window period taken to identify infections is far lower than the conventional method of testing.
Dr. Sharat Damodar, Clinical Director & Head of Haematology/BMT, Narayana Health City said, “One blood donation can save nearly three lives. Similarly, infected blood …