Tuesday was World Blood Donor Day. On this occasion we were able to follow the chain of donations to the blood bank Médipôle. A high-tech service provider supplying New Caledonia and Wallis and Futuna.
Welcome to the STS, the blood transfusion service of the Médipôle. Here is the blood bank that supplies raw materials to public hospitals and private clinics in New Caledonia, but also in Wallis and Futuna. In other words, the needs are permanent.
With the recent heart surgery that took place on the Caillou in the last two weeks, the inventory of RBC bags was around 200 units instead of the usual 500.”Not only are the stocks not good, but some groups are completely missing from our blood bank.warns Maxime Raz, hemobiologist at the Médipôle.
A+, O+, O-… the operations must not be hampered by a lack of blood, which can be transfused immediately and without risk to the recipient. ” The patients are already known, so we already know their blood types and can be in some perspective to anticipate transfusions. But for that you have to have the necessary supplies… That’s why we call on the population to mobilize “, explains Fabienne Valette, health manager at the Médipôle transfusion center.
At STS, all donation samples go through extensive testing that can take up to 24 hours. “This device, among the most sensitive on the market, allows us to search for blood-borne pathogens such as hepatitis, HIV or even dengue fever.“, specifies Maxime Raz. Viruses, bacteria, parasites, nothing escapes the professionals of this microbiological technology.
Only after the various safety and compatibility criteria have been met can the blood be sent to the relevant department by machine.
But medical rescue is a chain, the most important link of which is the donation. If you want to show your solidarity and donate blood, you can make an appointment online or call the toll-free number: 055 100. For more information, see our file here.
Find also the intervention of Gérard Joyault, President of the Association of Voluntary Blood Donors of New Caledonia, guest on the set of our JT this Tuesday: