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Screening of Donor blood becomes safer with the introduction of ID-NAT at Narayana Health City

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·         Becomes the first private hospital blood bank to introduce advanced blood testing facility

·         Extends help to other hospitals in the State for better patient care

·         Time taken to identify HIV, HCV and HBV infections to be reduced from 65 days to 11 days

Bengaluru, August 31, 2017: 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 equally high is the number of people who get infected with life threatening diseases from blood transfusions. The ID-NAT tests at Narayana Health helps in identifying fatal infections which may be missed by the routine screening tests faster.

While the conventional screening such as ELISA serology testing requires several days to a few weeks for identifying infections, 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, an infected blood can affect equal number of people. In the traditional mode of testing, the long window period allows many infections to become dormant and hence may not show up during the testing. They may become active once they enter the recipient; thus, endangering his/ her life. With ID-NAT test, the time-period has been drastically lowered, which in turn improves the outcome of any blood transfusion. It has the capacity to reduce the risk of infections by 90 percent and it is the most effective method to ensure safe blood supply.”

“While testing is one side of the aspect, the state of blood donation can only be improved with greater participation especially by repeat donors as their blood is tested and verified leading to fewer chances of infections. In fact, one can donate around 4 times a year and can save nearly 12 lives.” added Dr Sharat Damodar.

Owing to the country’s large population, there is a high prevalence rate of HIV, HBV and HCV and it calls for an emphasis on screening tools such as ID-NAT.  With Bangalore falling prey to the dengue epidemic  in the recent past, there are higher requirements for blood products to meet the demand for platelet products. This in turn raises the concern of safe blood transfusion to avoid any further medical issues.

Striving towards the motive of ‘Health for All’, NH moves a step forward with this advancement in blood screening test. Narayana Health being a hub for multiorgan transplants, the need to assure safe blood transfusion comes as more of a responsibility than a necessity. In addition to providing the advanced screening test to patients visiting Narayana Health, the hospital also extends help to other hospitals in Karnataka, who are in need of it.

About Narayana Health City, Bengaluru:
NH Health City is located in Bommasandra, Bengaluru, which comprises of Narayana Institute of Cardiac Sciences (NICS), a superspecialty hospital for cardiology and cardiac surgery, and Mazumdar Shaw Medical Center (MSMC), a multispecialty hospital for cancer care, neurology and neurosurgery, nephrology, urology, and houses what we believe, is one of India's largest bone marrow transplant units. NH Health City operates a stem cell bank.
About Narayana Health:
With all superspeciality tertiary care facilities that the medical world offers, Narayana Health is a one-stop healthcare destination for all. Founded by Dr. Devi Shetty and headquartered in Bengaluru, Narayana Health group is the second largest health care provider in the country in terms of operational bed counts. The first facility was established with approximately 225 operational beds in 2000 at NH Health City in Bengaluru.  The Company today runs a chain of multispecialty tertiary and primary healthcare facilities across India with a network of seven heart centres and 24 hospitals and an overseas hospital in the Cayman Islands. NH has more than 5,900 operational beds at its centres with a potential to reach a capacity of over 7,100 beds (For details, visit

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