IMS conducts State’s first bone marrow transplantation


Bhubaneswar: 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 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.
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.
A 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
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.
Dr. 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,
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
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. It has a separate COBE TRIMA machine for collection of Single
Donor Platelet (SDP). It 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.

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