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Blood Transfusions Save Millions of Lives: Different Blood Groups Have Different Importance

India fell short of 1.9 million units of blood in 2016-17, equivalent to 60 tankers that could have aided more than 320,000 heart surgeries or 49,000 organ transplants, according to official data. Blood transfusions are used for various medical conditions to replace lost components of the blood. To transfer the blood from body to another it is important to known antigen-antibody. Immunohematology, more commonly known as blood banking is a branch of hematology which studies antigen-antibody reactions and analogous phenomena as they relate to the pathogenesis and clinical manifestations of blood disorders. Immunohematology is the backbone of transfusion medicine. Presently, there are 33 blood group systems and 339 blood group antigens, though not all are clinically significant as evidenced by clinical manifestation of hemolytic transfusion reactions or hemolytic disease of the fetus and newborn.

‘TRANSCON 2019’ which is the 44th National Conference of the ISBTI is being organized by Punjab Institute of Medical Sciences, Jalandhar, Punjab in collaboration with the Punjab State Chapter of the ISBTI to provide an important platform and discuss all the aspects of transfusion chain, from basics to the most advanced developments in the field of blood transfusion and immunohematology.

The Indian Society of Blood Transfusion and Immunohematology (ISBTI) was set up in October 1972 because of the thoughts of 56 submitted social activists who had gathered in Chandigarh for a meeting on deliberate blood donation to meet the felt need of blood during war-like circumstances. It started with the Indo-Pak war in 1971. The society was formed with the objective of improving the unsatisfactory state of blood banking and to motivate people on a very large scale for voluntary blood donation in the country. It was expected to achieve the mutual trust of all agencies running voluntary blood transfusion services. Beginning with a group of 89 members and looking at present to 5642 members and still counting ahead. It also provides 5000+ training programs and has put up 40000+ blood camps.

The conference, ‘TRANSCON 2019’ suggests the theme- Connecting the Drops of Life: Past to Future is going to take place at Punjab Institute of Medical Sciences, Jalandhar, Punjab. It is going to be the three days conference starting from 1st to 3rd November 2019. The conference aims to achieve 100% Voluntary Blood Donation and believes that “Safe blood should be waiting for the patient… Not the patient for the safe blood”.

The conference promises a dynamic scientific program that will explore the challenges & opportunities in this field and ensure that the participants get a chance to exchange information with experts, eminent as well as the budding young faculty to update their knowledge in a memorable and conducive atmosphere.

The highlights of the Conference will be the pre-conference workshops, an extensive and well-designed the scientific program, eminent faculty, interactive sessions, panel discussions, oral Paper & poster presentations, quiz competition, awards and honors, exhibition, special programs for spouse and accompanying persons, customized sightseeing tours and memorable entertainment and hospitality will give you a platform and learning experience.

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